Thu, Jan 13, 2022 3:02 AM
By The Associated Press, Data Skrive
Atlanta Hawks (17-23, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (26-15, third in the Eastern Conference)
Miami; Friday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks visit the Miami Heat. Young ranks fourth in the NBA averaging 27.7 points per game.
The Heat are 17-7 in Eastern Conference games. Miami is second in the Eastern Conference shooting 37.6% from deep, led by Dewayne Dedmon shooting 60.0% from 3-point range.
The Hawks are 4-4 against Southeast Division teams. Atlanta has a 7-17 record against opponents over .500.
The teams square off for the second time this season. In the last meeting on Jan. 13 the Heat won 115-91 led by 21 points from Tyler Herro, while John Collins scored 16 points for the Hawks.
TOP PERFORMERS: Herro is averaging 20.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Heat. Jimmy Butler is averaging 24.4 points over the last 10 games for Miami.
Young is shooting 36.5% from beyond the arc with 2.7 made 3-pointers per game for the Hawks, while averaging 27.7 points and 9.4 assists. Cameron Reddish is shooting 37.4% and averaging 11.9 points over the past 10 games for Atlanta.
LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 8-2, averaging 114.6 points, 48.3 rebounds, 26.8 assists, 6.5 steals and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 45.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.3 points per game.
Hawks: 3-7, averaging 108.2 points, 43.5 rebounds, 23.3 assists, 6.1 steals and 3.2 blocks per game while shooting 44.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.9 points.
INJURIES: Heat: Victor Oladipo: out (right knee), Marcus Garrett: out (conditioning), Markieff Morris: out (health and safety protocols), KZ Okpala: out (wrist), Jimmy Butler: out (ankle), Bam Adebayo: out (thumb).
Hawks: Jalen Johnson: out (ankle), Cam Reddish: out (ankle), Clint Capela: out (ankle), Solomon Hill: out for season (hamstring).