Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons Preview, Talking Points And Prediction: Can Pistons Absorb The Heat From Miami Heat?

What to expect in the Miami Heat’s Tuesday night home game versus Detroit.

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The Miami Heat (34-26) take on the Detroit Pistons (9-51) with a chance to go nine games over.500 for the first time this season.

Miami defeated the Utah Jazz, 126-120, on Saturday night. Jimmy Butler had an outstanding day, scoring 37 points (3-3 from three) and assisting seven times. Co-star Bam Adebayo scored 23 points, while Caleb Martin added 18 off the bench.

After winning only 17 games last season, the Pistons are on track to fall short of that total this season.

Detroit has dropped eight of its previous nine games, most recently 113-91 against the Orlando Magic. Evan Fournier and Simone Fontecchio, both bench players, led them in scoring with 17 and 15 points, respectively.

Previous Matchups

Tuesday marks the second of four games between the teams this season.

The Heat won the season opener in Miami, 103-102. The Heat had a 19-point lead with just over nine minutes left in the game, making this an ugly win.

Adebayo led the Heat with 22 points, while Butler (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Kevin Love (13 points, 10 rebounds) also recorded double-doubles.

Cade Cunningham led the Detroit offense with 30 points and nine assists. The 2021 first-round pick had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but his three-pointer missed the mark.

Opposing Players to Watch

Despite their dismal record, the Pistons boast a plethora of young, promising players.

Cunningham, 22, made the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2022. The 6-foot-6 point guard averages 22.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 7.4 assists while shooting 45.3% and 35.6% from three. He struggled in his most recent game, scoring only nine points on 4-of-12 shooting in Orlando.

Jaden Ivey was taken fifth overall in the 2022 NBA Draft and made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. The 22-year-old averages 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists while shooting 44.2% and 34.1% from three. Ivey struggled in his previous game against the Heat, scoring four points on 1-of-7 shooting.

Key Matchup

Jalen Duren versus Bam Adebayo.

Duren is one of the few guys who can realistically compete with Adebayo’s athleticism at center.

Despite the setback, Duren delivered an excellent performance the last time they met. The second-year big finished with 17 points (8 for 11 from the floor), 14 rebounds, and four blocks.

The 20-year-old averages 13.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game (5th in the NBA), while shooting 62.2 percent (6th).

However, Adebayo gives Duren with a unique task on both ends of the floor. The Heat big man is averaging 20.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists, with a defensive rating of 109.9 (T-10th in the NBA).

 

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