Will Jimmy Butler Play Tonight? Miami Heat vs New York Knicks: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 02/07/2021, 9:17 AM EST
Jan 9, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) guards Washington Wizards center Robin Lopez (15) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat has been pretty inconsistent so far. The Eastern Conference champions have been riddled with injuries. So, they will look to gain some much needed momentum in their upcoming game.


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The Knicks, meanwhile, won their 11th game of the season against the Blazers, beating them 110-99. With their latest win, they are outperforming playoff teams like the Raptors and Heat and are the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat face off against the Knicks 1:00 PM EST. Take a look at the probable lineups and the injury list of both the teams.


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Miami Heat injury update and lineup prediction

The Eastern Conference champions have looked like a shadow of themselves this season. For the majority of the season, they have had an injury ridden roster, and inconsistent performances from many key players hasn’t helped their cause.

Jan 25, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) shoots against Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat has multiple injury concerns. Center Meyers Leonard, guards Avery Bradley and Goran Dragic are sidelined with shoulder, calf and ankle injuries, respectively. Forwards Chris Silva and Moe Harkless are also sidelined with a hip and thigh injury. Guard Habe Vincent and forward Jimmy Butler are probable against the Knicks.

With their latest win against the Wizards, they now have 8 wins and 14 losses and are the 13th seed in the Eastern Conference. With a quarter of the season gone, the Heat will look to find some form sooner than later.

Possible Lineup

Tyler Herro (G)

Duncan Robinson (G)

Jimmy Butler (F)

Kelly Olynyk (F)

Bam Adebayo (C)

New York Knicks injury updates and lineup prediction

The New York Knicks are arguably the biggest surprise package in this season’s regular season. Despite them not making any big moves, the Knicks find themselves at the seventh spot of the Eastern Conference.

Jan 17, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau talks to his players as Boston Celtics guard Jeff Teague (55) listens in during a break in the action in the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks only have a single injury concern. Their center Nerlens Noel is out for the game against the Heat as he recovers from a knee injury.

With a healthy roster the Knicks will look to maintain their winning ways against an injury-ridden Bulls side.

Probable Lineup

RJ Barrett (G)

Elfrid Payton (G)

Julius Randle (F)


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Reggie Bullock (F)

Mitchell Robinson (C)



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The Heat has a very depleted side going into their game against the Knicks. Given the form NYK is in and considering their squad depth, the Knicks have a slight edge over the Heat.


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.