Will Jimmy Butler Play Tonight? Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat: Injury Report, Lineups & Predictions

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January 23, 2021 1:00 am

Two promising Eastern Conference teams in Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors are set to lock horns on Friday. The Raptors have the home court privileges for this game, but they wouldn’t be feeling it too much as they’re hosting it roughly 1,300 miles away from Toronto! 

Venue: Amalie Arena (Tampa, Florida) 

Time: 7:30 PM ET (January 22, 2021) 

This will be the second successive meeting between the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors as the Heat won their Wednesday night fixture 111-102. Can the Raptors bounce back and even the mini-series? 

Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat: Injury Updates and Lineups

Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have been quite inconsistent after letting go of two veterans in Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol during the offseason. They have just five wins in 14 games, and that should tell how they’re struggling to adapt to the intensity of the league. 

Toronto isn’t troubled by a plethora of injuries, as only Pascal Siakam is listed as probable for Friday’s game against Miami. Besides Siakam, Patrick McCaw will be the only absentee as he’s currently recovering from knee surgery

Possible Lineup

Kyle Lowry (G)

Fred VanVleet (G)

OG Anunoby (F)

Stanley Johnson (F)

Chris Boucher (C) 

Heat

The Miami Heat are on the same page as the Raptors. The team is still figuring out their winning formula, and they’re currently training the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic in Southeast Division. However, it won’t be long until they have a healthy roster that can create massive problems.

Miami is majorly weakened ahead of Friday’s game against Toronto. They have three prominent players out due to various reasons, and a few more are listed as questionable, which would affect Erik Spoelstra’s game plans. 

Jan 9, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) warms up before the game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler (COVID-19 protocols), Tyler Herro (neck), Meyers Leonard (shoulder), are the ones who will miss the game, while Chris Silva, Goran Dragic, and Gabe Vincent are all put on the day-to-day evaluation list. 

Possible Lineup

Goran Dragic (G)

Duncan Robinson (G)

Andre Iguodala (F)

Kelly Olynyk (F)

Bam Adebayo (C) 

Prediction

This will be the second consecutive fixture between the two teams. However, it is quite surprising to find out that the Raptors lost the initial fixture despite having more strength on their roster when compared to the Heat. 

Tyler Herro will miss his fourth consecutive game on Friday, while Butler will miss his sixth! The prolonged absence of these two has hurt the team at large, and they might end up facing defeat to the Raptors on Friday. 

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) points as he makes a three point basket against the Miami Heat during the first quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto looks to be the favorites in this one, even though they lost the previous game. Nick Nurse will be determined to fire up his men to go out and get the victory since they hold in the upper hand, with regards to their starting five. Hence, we’re predicting that the Raptors will win this game. 

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Arjun Athreya

Arjun Athreya is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers Basketball and Tennis for Essentially Sports. His journalism degree offered extra motivation to pursue his interests in the ever-growing world of sport. Arjun is based out of Chennai, India, and draws inspiration from several athletes, chiefly Michael Jordan, and Roger Federer. He loves exploring areas that present new opportunities.

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