Will Chris Paul Play Tonight? Miami Heat vs Phoenix Suns: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 03/23/2021, 2:55 PM EDT
Mar 21, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Heat were runners-up last season, and look to repeat their success this year as well. They take on the Phoenix Suns in their upcoming fixture, a team that stands second in the highly competitive Western Conference. Who will win in this exciting battle? 

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Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena

Time: 8:00 PM ET (March 23, 2021) 

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Every team has played 40+ games in the 2020-21 regular-season, but Tuesday’s game will be the first meeting between the Heat and the Suns. The cross-conference clash will be a worthy watch as Phoenix will try to keep its six-game road win streak alive. 

Miami Heat vs Phoenix Suns: Injury Updates and Lineups

Heat

The Miami Heat are 6-4 in their last ten games but are on a three-game losing streak. They average 102 points per game in this span and shoot 43.5% from the field. Jimmy Butler has toned down on his form, while Bam Adebayo is improving his record. 

Dec 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Adebayo is averaging 19.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game, and injuries are proving to be a major challenge for the Heat this season. As for the Suns game, Udonis Haslem and Avery Bradley are listed as out, while Goran Dragic and Gabe vincent are on the day-to-day list. 

Possible Lineup

Kendrick Nunn (G) 

Duncan Robinson (G) 

Jimmy Butler (F) 

Kelly Olynyk (F) 

Bam Adebayo (C) 

Suns

The Phoenix Suns have been one of the brightest teams to watch this season. A lot of their success came with Chris Paul’s arrival to the franchise. Paul has certainly rejuvenated the team that finished tenth last year. 

Devin Booker has been the Suns’ best player by far. He’s averaging 25.2 points per game and the Suns are 8-2 in their last ten games. Their 13-5 road record is pretty much a point in their favor too, ahead of playing the Miami Heat. 

The Phoenix Suns don’t have to worry too much about injuries as only Abdel Nader is listed as questionable. 

Possible Lineup

Chris Paul (G) 

Devin Booker (G)

Mikal Bridges (F) 

Jae Crowder (F) 

Deandre Ayton (C) 

Prediction

The Miami Heat hold a 12-10 record at home. One can’t say that they’ve been formidable, but obviously hold a slight advantage when they play at the AmericanAirlines Arena. But the Phoenix Suns are a major threat looking to break into the door of every team they play. 

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Jan 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) react following a fourth quarter time out against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat vs Suns is a well-matched game, and Phoenix has the odds titling in its favor based on the recent run of form. The Suns are 2-1 in their last three while the Heat are 0-3. 

We predict the Phoenix Suns to triumph over the Miami Heat on Tuesday. What’s your take? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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