The Miami Heat will face another Floridian team in the 2020-21 NBA when they meet the Orlando Magic on Sunday at the Amway Center. The Heat are looking to win their fourth straight match after taking down the Chicago Bulls 101-90 in their last outing on Friday.
The Miami Heat have won nine of their last ten games and are slowly creeping up the standings. With a season record of 20-18, the Miami Heat are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference standings but are four games behind the third-placed Milwaukee Bucks. A win will help bolster their hold on fourth spot and keep the Boston Celtics at bay.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic are in dismal form, losing seven straight games. They’ve managed to stay close in games but have had a hard time staying ahead and crawling their way back when behind.
There’s a reason why the Orlando Magic are the subject of many trade rumors, and as the losses continue to mount, discussions and inquiries about their players are only going to increase.
Fixture – Miami Heat vs Orlando Magic | 2020-21 NBA Season.
Date & Time – Sunday, March 14th; 7:00 PM ET (Monday, March 15th; 5:30 AM IST).
Venue – Amway Center, Orlando, FL.
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second-best defensive rating (104.8) in the league. They have a lot of work to do in offense, but their defense is now among the best in the league.
Key Player – Jimmy Butler
As good as Jimmy Butler has been in the past few games, he will have to raise his level in the absence of Adebayo in the Orlando Magic game. But if his recent performances are any indication, the Miami Heat swingman could be up to the task.
In his last 10 games, Butler has averaged 23.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 2.3 steals a game.
Jimmy Butler’s last 5 games:
28 PTS – 3 REB – 8 AST (W)
27 PTS – 8 REB – 11 AST (W)
29 PTS – 3 REB – 9 AST (W)
33 PTS – 10 REB – 8 AST (W)
27 PTS – 8 REB – 10 AST (W)
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— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) March 13, 2021
In this period, he has had two outings of at least 30 points, three straight triple-double games and three other matches wherein he was just two assists or rebounds shy of a triple-double. The Miami Heat will rely on him to be just as productive without their starting center in this game.
But more importantly, Butler will have to rally his team to step up against the Orlando Magic, who could be determined to snap their skid.
Miami Heat Predicted Lineup
G Kendrick Nunn, G Duncan Robinson, F Jimmy Butler, F KZ Okpala, C Kelly Olynyk.
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