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Previewing Heat vs. Nuggets; Latest on Birdman and LeBron; Clarity on Ray Allen's injury

WHEN/WHERE: 9 p.m., Pepsi Center, Denver

TV/RADIO: Sun Sports/AM 790, FM 104.3 and AM 710 (Spanish)

SERIES: Heat leads 27-25. Heat swept the Nuggets last season  and is 10-16 all-time in Denver.

LINE: Pick'em.


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RECORDS/STANDINGS: Heat (23-7)/Second in the East, 1.5 game back of the Pacers; First in the Southeast, 6.0 games ahead of the Hawks///Nuggets (14-15)/10th in West, Fourth in the Northwest Division, 10.0 games back of Oklahoma City.

TRENDS/HEAT: 9-5 on the road; 8-2 in last 10; Win on Saturday 108-107 at Portland; 8-1 against West; 3-0 against Northwest Division

TRENDS/NUGGETS: 7-6 at home; 3-7 in last 10; Lost six in a row; 7-2 against East; 2-0 against Southeast Division

INJURY REPORT/HEAT: Greg Oden out (knee rehab), LeBron James doubtful (strained right groin muscle), Chris Andersen probable (back tightness), Ray Allen probable (right knee tendonitis), Dwyane Wade probable (knee rest).

INJURY REPORT/NUGGETS: Darrell Arthur (right quadriceps contusion) game-time decision; Kenneth Faried (left ankle sprain) probable; Danilo Gallinari (left knee ACL tear) out; Javale McGee (left tibia stress fracture) out.

OF NOTE: LeBron James missed Saturday's game against Portland after straining his right groin muscle on Friday against Sacramento. Sunday is James' 29th birthday...This is Chris Andersen's first game in Denver after being amnestied on 2012. Andersen missed the Heat's last two games with back tightness but is expected to play...The Heat previously listed Ray Allen's injury as "general soreness." It has now been changed to right knee tendonitis. Rashard Lewis leads the NBA in steals-to-turnover ratio (1.68)...The Heat is 2-1 on its current four-game road trip...The Nuggets owned a 10-game home winning streak against the Heat at the Pepsi Center since 2002-03 before losing at home last season.

TASTY STAT OF THE DAY: Chris Bosh has shot at least .500 from the field in each of his last 10 games. On Saturday, he scored a season-high 37 points againt the Trail Blazers and made a game-winning three-pointer.


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