The Miami Heat have what might still be a huge game coming up on Saturday. Against the Dallas Mavericks and pause for a second because yes—a huge game against the Dallas Mavericks, it’s not the opponents that may make the game so huge.
In all actuality, this is all about the Miami Heat. And again, note the “mysterious” nature of whether it’s a big one for the Miami Heat or not due to them, perhaps, already being mathematically locked into the NBA Play-In round.
But nonetheless, you always want to go into the Playoffs your sharpest and if the Miami Heat have shown anything in the last few contests, it’s that they need the work.
Losing those last two games in consecutive fashion, a back-to-back set against the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks, respectively, the Miami Heat would drop both of those games at a time when they needed them the absolute most.
Fighting for positioning in the NBA playoff seeding, attempting to potentially stay out of the NBA Play-In, Miami looks destined to participate in the pre-postseason tournament at this point.
And with that, getting all the games they can get at this particular point will help massively, as they still can impact their future, hopefully. Whatever that might look like though—starts with the Dallas Mavericks.
The Miami Heat need to pick up all the wins they can, though it may not help them out of the Play-In. Either way, a win on Saturday over Dallas is needed.
Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks Injury Report
The Heat injury report for this one turns up a few typicals but it features one key untypical name. The Heat starting Center, Bam Adebayo, is listed as questionable for this game.
Along with Kyle Lowry for injury management and Nikola Jovic, who’s played mostly in the G-League this year, that’s about it for now. You’ll still want to keep an eye on Bam though.
Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction
Miami needs to win all the games they can down the stretch, going at least 3-2 but hopefully 4-1 in the final five games of the season. With Saturday, then closing with the Pistons, 76ers, Wizards, and Orlando Magic for the year, they have a chance to accomplish either.
But that should start with a win Saturday.
Miami Heat Schedule
As mentioned, the Heat are near the end of the season. And with that, all the games of crucial.
Here are their next three after Saturday.