Miami hosts Brooklyn after Irving’s 43-point showing
Brooklyn Nets (38-35, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (47-27, first in the Eastern Conference)
Miami; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Heat -1; over/under is 226.5
BOTTOM LINE: Brooklyn visits the Miami Heat after Kyrie Irving scored 43 points in the Nets’ 132-120 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Heat are 30-15 in Eastern Conference games. Miami ranks seventh in the league with 25.5 assists per game led by Kyle Lowry averaging 7.6.
The Nets have gone 26-18 against Eastern Conference opponents. Brooklyn ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference with 25.1 assists per game led by Patty Mills averaging 2.3.
The teams meet for the fourth time this season. The Heat won 113-107 in the last matchup on March 4.
TOP PERFORMERS: Duncan Robinson is shooting 36.9% from beyond the arc with 3.0 made 3-pointers per game for the Heat, while averaging 11.2 points. Bam Adebayo is shooting 60.5% and averaging 18.9 points over the last 10 games for Miami.
Mills averages 2.9 made 3-pointers per game for the Nets, scoring 12.1 points while shooting 40.7% from beyond the arc. Kevin Durant is averaging 31.2 points, seven rebounds and 7.4 assists over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.
LAST 10 GAMES:
INJURIES: Heat: Gabe Vincent: out (toe), Jimmy Butler: day to day (ankle), Tyler Herro: day to day (knee), Caleb Martin: day to day (knee), Victor Oladipo: out (rest), Duncan Robinson: day to day (achilles), P.J. Tucker: day to day (knee).
Nets: Ben Simmons: out (back), Joe Harris: out for season (ankle), Seth Curry: day to day (ankle), Goran Dragic: day to day (knee), LaMarcus Aldridge: out (hip).