Will Jimmy Butler Play Tonight? Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 02/28/2021, 12:00 PM EST
Jan 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat continued their stellar run of form with a win against a red-hot Utah Jazz team. They now have a record of 16 wins and 17 losses and are the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.


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Atlanta Hawks, meanwhile, suffered their 19th loss of the season with a loss against the OKC Thunder. They now have a record of 14 wins and 19 losses and are the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat face off against the Hawks tonight at 8:00 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.


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Atlanta Hawks injury updates and lineup prediction

The Atlanta Hawks have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the NBA. After a great shooting display against the Celtics, the Hawks were back to their old ways against the OKC Thunder who outclassed the Hawks 118-109.

Feb 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (11) shoots against New York Knicks’ Elfrid Payton (6) and Nerlens Noel (3) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jason DeCrow/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawks will be missing some key players against the Heat. New signing Bogdan Bogdanovic is out against the Heat with a leg injury while guard Kris Dunn is out with an ankle injury. Key forward De’Andre Hunter is out with a knee injury, while Cam Reddish and Danilo Gallinari are also doubtful against the Heat. Talismanic guard Trae Young is also probable due as he recovers from a groin injury.

The Hawks face an in-form Miami Heat side. If they don’t put up an amazing display against the Heat, they might end up suffering their 20th defeat of the season.

Predicted Lineup

Trae Young (G)

Kevin Huerter (G)

Tony Snell (F)

John Collins (F)

Clint Capela (C)

Miami Heat injury update and lineup prediction

The Eastern Conference champions are finally back to being their best, with five wins in a row. Their certainly made a big statement in their latest game as they defeated the best team in the NBA, Utah Jazz, 124-116.

Feb 26, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket past Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) and guard Donovan Mitchell (45) in the second quarter at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat has multiple injury concerns. Center Meyers Leonard and guard Avery Bradley are sidelined with shoulder and calf injuries, respectively. Guard Tyler Herro and center Bam Adebayo are probable against the Hawks.

After a slow start to the season, the Heat are finally making a huge comeback and are finally in the playoff spots. They will hope to win their sixth game in a row against the Hawks.

Possible Lineup

Tyler Herro (G)

Duncan Robinson (G)

Jimmy Butler (F)


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Kelly Olynyk (F)

Bam Adebayo (C)



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Miami Heat are in blazing form right now and face an inconsistent Atlanta Hawks team, who are riddled with injuries. Given the form of the Heat, they are the favorites in this matchup.


Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.