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Previewing Heat at Bobcats: Wade out, Ray struggling, Bosh surging

WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte

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

SERIES: Heat leads 27-10.

LINE: Heat by 7.


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RECORDS/STANDINGS: Heat 28-11/Second in the East///Bobcats 17-24/8th in East.

TRENDS/HEAT: 12-8 on the road; 6-4 in last 10; Won one; 18-9 against East; 8-1 against Southeast Division

TRENDS/BOBCATS: 9-11 at home; 3-7 in last 10; Won one; 14-13 against East; 1-6 against Southeast Division

INJURY REPORT/HEAT: Greg Oden (knee) probable, Shane Battier (quad) probable, Mario Chalmers (Achilles tendinitis) probable, Dwyane Wade (knee) out, Chris Andersen (knee) out, LeBron James (shoulder) probable.

INJURY REPORT/BOBCATS: Brendan Haywood (left foot) out, Jeffery Taylor (Achilles) out.

OF NOTE: The Heat snapped its three-game losing streak on Friday and then boarded a plane for Charlotte. Miami is 2-0 against the Bobcats this season and 5-2 on the second night of back-to-back. After missing four-straight games with pain in his Achilles tendon, Mario Chalmers returned to action on Friday and the Heat recorded 30 assists on 38 field goals. The Heat held the 76ers to 10 percent (2 of 20) shooting from three-point range. The Bobcats' starting lineup of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Josh McRoberts, Al Jefferson, Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker are 2-8 on the season.

STAT OF THE DAY: Ray Allen went 1 of 7 from the field and 0 of 4 from three-point range on Friday against the 76ers. Allen is 9 of 52 (17.3 percent) from the field and 3 of 29 (10.3 percent) from three-point range in the month of January.

STAT OF THE DAY II: Chris Bosh's scoring average is back up to 16.0 points per game after leading the Heat in scoring in the past two games. Bosh followed up his 26-point effort against the Wizards on Wednesday with 25 points against the 76ers.

STAT OF THE DAY III: The Heat's 101-86 victory against the Sixers marked the fifth time the Heat has had at least 30 assists in a game this season.


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