Will Victor Oladipo Play Tonight? Miami Heat vs Golden State Warriors: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 04/01/2021, 1:18 AM EDT
Jan 22, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo (7) dribbles past Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (right) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat face the Golden State Warriors in the second game of their back-to-back fixtures. Both teams are coming off a win and will be expecting to walk away with another tonight. This is their second matchup of the season.


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Date & Time: April 1, 2021, 8:00pm ET

Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida


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Preview | Miami Heat

The Heat defeated the Pacers last night. It was a crucial 5-point win for them as they try to find their way back to glory. They are now on a two-game winning streak currently and have returned to their .500 status.

Mar 4, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) congratulates forward Jimmy Butler (22) after he was fouled hitting a 3-point field goal in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Kendrick Nunn (ankle) and KZ Okpala (COVID-19) are listed as questionable for the game. After missing the game against his former team, new arrival Victor Oladipo will make his debut for the Heat tonight.

Starting 5 for the Miami Heat

Guard – Victor Oladipo

Guard – Goran Dragic

Forward – Jimmy Butler 

Forward – Trevor Ariza

Center – Bam Adebayo

Preview | Golden State Warriors

The Warriors finally won a game on Monday after Stephen Curry returned. They went on a 1-4 run in his absence, losing 4 in a row. So his return has energized them once again.

They are currently in the 10th seed, which will give them a play-in tournament spot. However, they will aim to finish higher to give them an advantage for the tournament.

March 29, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Chicago Bulls forward Garrett Temple (17) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Dubs have one absentee for the game and it is a big miss. Eric Paschall is out with a wrist injury but might be able to return for their next game. They won their last game without him, but he is crucial for their already thin rotation. So they need him back soon.

Starting 5 for the Golden State Warriors

Guard – Stephen Curry 

Guard – Kelly Oubre Jr

Forward – Andrew Wiggins

Forward – Draymond Green

Center – James Wiseman


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Predictions | Heat vs Warriors

While both teams may be coming off of good results, the Heat come in as the favorites. The arrival of Oladipo will boost them on both ends, and it gives them a 3rd star on the team. His first assignment is likely to be Curry, so it will be a tough start for him.

The Warriors have beaten the Heat earlier, but the Heat look like they’re in better shape now. It won’t be an easy win for them, and if they’re unable to contain Curry, they might let it slip and end up losing.


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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.