Through 1 Quarter
We’ve seen some fireworks one quarter in as the Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns have combined for 65 points. Neither team has the matchup in the bag, but Miami leads 33-32. Nobody has stood out from the pack for them offensively yet.
The Heat and Phoenix came into this contest with previous-game wins. The follow-up victory here is still up for grabs, so expect a hard fought finale.
Miami @ Phoenix
Current Records: Miami 24-15; Phoenix 30-8
What to Know
The Miami Heat haven’t won a contest against the Phoenix Suns since Nov. 7 of 2019, but they’ll be looking to end the drought this past Saturday. The Heat’s road trip will continue as they head to Footprint Center at 9 p.m. ET to face off against Phoenix. These two teams seek to continue their momentum from their previous wins.
Miami didn’t have too much breathing room in their game with the Portland Trail Blazers this past Wednesday, but they still walked away with a 115-109 victory. Miami’s shooting guard Max Strus was one of the most active players for the squad, shooting 7-for-13 from downtown and finishing with 25 points, five dimes and six rebounds.
Meanwhile, while not quite a landslide, the matchup between Phoenix and the Los Angeles Clippers this past Thursday was still a pretty decisive one as Phoenix wrapped it up with a 106-89 win at home. Phoenix can attribute much of their success to small forward Cameron Johnson, who had 24 points along with seven boards, and point guard Chris Paul, who posted a triple-double on 14 points, 13 boards, and ten assists. That’s Paul’s first triple-double of the season.
The Heat are expected to lose this next one by 9.5. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 8-2 against the spread when expected to lose.
Miami is now 24-15 while the Suns sit at 30-8. A pair of defensive stats to keep an eye on: Miami comes into the matchup boasting the fourth fewest points allowed per game in the league at 104.3. As for Phoenix, they have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.60%, which places them third in the league.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 9 p.m. ET
- Where: Footprint Center — Phoenix, Arizona
- TV: Bally Sports – Arizona
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $28.13
The Suns are a big 9.5-point favorite against the Heat, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Suns as an 8.5-point favorite.
Miami have won seven out of their last 12 games against Phoenix.
- Apr 13, 2021 – Phoenix 106 vs. Miami 86
- Mar 23, 2021 – Phoenix 110 vs. Miami 100
- Aug 08, 2020 – Phoenix 119 vs. Miami 112
- Nov 07, 2019 – Miami 124 vs. Phoenix 108
- Feb 25, 2019 – Phoenix 124 vs. Miami 121
- Dec 07, 2018 – Miami 115 vs. Phoenix 98
- Mar 05, 2018 – Miami 125 vs. Phoenix 103
- Nov 08, 2017 – Miami 126 vs. Phoenix 115
- Mar 21, 2017 – Miami 112 vs. Phoenix 97
- Jan 03, 2017 – Phoenix 99 vs. Miami 90
- Mar 03, 2016 – Miami 108 vs. Phoenix 92
- Jan 08, 2016 – Miami 103 vs. Phoenix 95
Injury Report for Phoenix
- Landry Shamet: Out (Covid-19)
- Abdel Nader: Out (Knee)
- Frank Kaminsky: Out (Knee)
- Dario Saric: Out (Knee)
Injury Report for Miami
- Udonis Haslem: Out (Covid-19)
- Mario Chalmers: Out (Not Injury Related)
- Jimmy Butler: Out (Ankle)
- Dewayne Dedmon: Out (Knee)
- Nik Stauskas: Out (Not Injury Related)
- Gabe Vincent: Out (Covid-19)
- Aric Holman: Out (Not Injury Related)
- Marcus Garrett: Out (Covid-19)
- KZ Okpala: Out (Wrist)
- Markieff Morris: Out (Neck)
- Victor Oladipo: Out (Quadriceps)
- Bam Adebayo: Out (Thumb)