Play-in Tournament
Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) high-fives guard Tyler Herro (14) after scoring during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Sunday, April 9, 2023, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami Heat Make Play-in Tournament, Face Atlanta Hawks

The Miami Heat (44-38) host the Atlanta Hawks (41-41) in Tuesday night’s NBA Play-In Tournament to decide the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Miami is 10-6 against divisional opponents this season while Atlanta is 8-8.

Miami won their final regular season game against the Orlando Magic, 123-110. Udonis Haslem became the third player ever to finish 20 seasons with the same team after he played his last regular season game against the Magic.

Heat Form

Miami won six of their last 10 games. They average 109.5 points and 40.6 rebounds per game while shooting 46% from the field.

Jimmy Butler leads the team with 22.9 points, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game, averaging 53.9% from the field. Bam Adebayo leads in rebounds (9.2) and blocks (0.8) per game. Tyler Herro has been in hot form, averaging 17.4 points in Miami’s last 10 games. The Heat are second in the league in points allowed, averaging 109.8 points allowed per game.

Nikola Jovic is doubtful for the game with a back injury.

Hawks Form

The Hawks are 5-5 in their last 10 games. Atlanta averages 118.4 points and 44.4 rebounds per game while shooting 48.3% from field goal range.

Trae Young averages 26.2 points and 10.2 assists, shooting 43% from the field. Clint Capela leads in rebounds (11 per game), Dejounte Murray in steals (1.5 per game) and Onyeka Okongwu in blocks (1.3 per game).

Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee), Capela (calf), Young (groin), John Collins (back) and Murray (ankle) are all doubtful to play.

Regular Season Series

The Heat are 3-1 against the Hawks this season.

In four games against Atlanta, Miami averaged 116.5 points, 40.5 rebounds, 29 assists, 7.3 steals and 4 blocks per game while shooting 50.3% from the field.

Against the Heat, the Hawks average 114 points, 36 rebounds, 25,3 assists, 8 steals and 2.3 blocks per game, shooting 50.1% from field goal range.

Looking Ahead

The Heat play the Hawks Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

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