The NBA is coming back July 30 and not a moment too soon for basketball fans who have been deprived a proper conclusion to the 2019-20 season since Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test March 11 that set off the worldwide cascade of sports league cancellations. Now, the NBA will look to finish what it started with a 22-team “bubble” at the Disney Resorts in Orlando, an eight-game finish to the regular season and four best-of-7 playoff rounds to determine a champion. We take a look at each of the teams involved as we move closer to the official return and today we’ll look at the Miami Heat team in our Sports Intel preview:
Miami Heat Team Preview 2019-2020 Re-Boot
(41-24, 4th in East, 12 games behind No. 1)
Where we left off: The Heat went six for 11 heading into the suspension of basketball, including several important wins that showed the power the team has. When they faced the Washington Wizards on March 8 just before the break, Miami’s defense controlled the court and kept Washington to just seven 2-pointers – the lowest number recorded in the NBA in more than 40 years. That defense is going to be ready for some more action once the games resume.
Remaining schedule: Aug. 1, Denver Nuggets; Aug. 3, Toronto Raptors; Aug. 4, Boston Celtics; Aug. 6, Milwaukee Bucks; Aug. 8, Phoenix Suns; Aug. 10, Indiana Pacers; Aug. 11, Oklahoma City Thunder; Aug. 14, Pacers.
Projected starting lineup: PG: Kendrick Nunn, SG: Duncan Robinson, SF: Jimmy Butler, PF: Meyers Leonard, C: Bam Adebayo
Key injuries, absentees: None (SF Derrick Jones Jr. and Kendrick Nunn are day to day, but expected to appear)
Odds to Win Title: 40-1
Can they win it all? The Heat possess one of the most versatile lineups in the league and have considerable depth to ensure that the team can keep its energy level strong. 15 of the team’s 17 players are now gearing up for the completion of the season, living out the next few months inside the Orlando bubble. There is dedication and motivation to be crowned champs, and that will carry over throughout all of the upcoming games. Miami is in a great position to win the title this year.
So, that’s it for our 2019-2020 season re-boot preview of the Miami Heat team. In terms of betting on the NBA, with odds of 40-1, they are certainly a contender.