Miami Heat-Detroit Pistons Preview: Can Heat Stay Hot Against Plummeting Pistons?


What to expect from the Miami Heat's home game against Detroit on Tuesday night.On Tuesday, the Miami Heat (34-26) play the Detroit Pistons (9-51). The Heat have a chance to go nine games over.500 for the first time this season.  

The Heat beat the Jazz 126–120 on Saturday night. Jimmy Butler was amazing. He scored 37 points (3-3 from three-point range) and gave out seven assists. Plus, Caleb Martin scored 18 points off the bench to go with his 23 points as a star.  

After winning only 17 games in the previous season, the Pistons are on track to finish this season with a record that is lower than that number.  

The Orlando Magic defeated Detroit 113-91 in their latest loss, their eighth in nine. With 17 and 15 points, bench players Evan Fournier and Simone Fontecchio led them.  

The second of four games between the teams this season is Tuesday.First meeting: Heat won 103-102 in season opener in Miami. The Heat led by 19 with nine minutes left, making this an unsightly win.  

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

Cade Cunningham led Detroit with 30 points and 9 assists. An off-target three-pointer by the 2021 first-overall pick cost him the game at the buzzer.Despite their poor record, the Pistons have many talented young players.  

2022 NBA All-Rookie First Team player Cunningham was 22. Averaging 22.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 7.4 assists, the 6-foot-6 point guard shoots 45.3 percent and 35.6 percent from three.  

In his last game, he scored nine points on 4-12 shooting in Orlando.NBA All-Rookie Second Team member Jaden Ivey was drafted fifth overall in 2022.   

The 22-year-old averages 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists while shooting 44.2 percent and 34.1 percent from three. In his previous game against the Heat, Ivey scored four points on 1 of 7 shooting.  

In the center spot, Duren is one of the very few players who can really match Adebayo's speed and agility.  

Even though they lost, Duren played really well the last time they played. The center, who is in his second year, scored 17 points (8 of 11 from the field), grabbed 14 boards, and blocked 4 shots.  

The 20-year-old shots 62.2 percent (6th) and averages 13.9 points and 11.8 rebounds (5th in NBA).Duren faces unique challenges from Adebayo on both ends of the court.  

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