MIAMI HEAT (5-7) vs. TORONTO RAPTORS (5-8)
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, Tampa,
TV: Sportsnet One; RADIO AM-1050
The Heat snapped a three-game losing streak with a six-point win over Detroit on Monday but have not really hit their stride without a consistent dose of Jimmy Butler, who has played just six games to date and is poised to miss the next four. Butler, like Kyle Lowry in Toronto, is the heart and soul of the Heat lineup. Making a determination about how good this team or isn’t without him in the lineup consistently is a fool’s errand. Complicating the matter are the absences of Avery Bradley, who won’t play tonight, and Tyler Herro, who is listed as questionable.
MARQUEE MATCHUP: Bam Adebayo vs. Aron Baynes
Baynes hasn’t lasted very long in any of his starts, but the Raptors keep running him out there in hopes of him finding a level of comfort within the team defence. He has been on a short leash and, more often than not, forces Nick Nurse and his staff to go small, but he’ll start on Adebayo, who has been the Heat’s leading scorer and rebounder though 12 games.