Miami Heat center Dewayne Dedmon (plantar fasciitis) is out for Friday night’s road game against the Denver Nuggets. Due to the league’s Covid-19 health and safety protocols, Dedmon missed this game without being identified.
Four Miami players are listed as probable: Kyle Lowry (knee), Jimmy Butler (knee), Gabe Vincent (knee) and Nikola Jokic (back). Both Udonis Haslem (Achilles) and Caleb Martin (ankle) are also questionable.
At a few NBA betting sites, the Heat have the 14th-best odds to win the championship in 2023.
Heat injury report for tomorrow’s game in Denver:
Outside: Dedmon and Urseven
Interviewer: Martin and Haslem
Possible: Vincent, Jovic and Butler.
— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) December 29, 2022
In 26 games off the bench this season, Dedmon is averaging 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Additionally, the 10-year veteran is shooting 50.8% from the field and 30.6% from beyond the arc.
In the year On November 27, in the Heat’s 106-98 win over the Atlanta Hawks, the center scored a game-high 13 points in 15 minutes of action. He finished 6 of 7 (85.7%) shooting from the floor and made one of two 3-point attempts.
Heat veteran center Dewayne Dedmon (plantar fasciitis) will face the Nuggets on Friday.
In Miami’s 110-107 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 2, the 33-year-old grabbed a season-high eight boards in 16 minutes on the court. In addition to finishing with 10 points and three assists, Dedmon shot 4-of-6 (66.7%) from the field and 2-3 (66.7%) from downtown.
During the offseason, Dedmon signed a two-year, $9.02 million contract extension with the Heat. This agreement also includes a known trade restriction. GM Andy Elisburg will have to wait until Jan. 15 if he wants to trade the seven-foot big man.
The Nuggets also have three players listed as questionable: Aaron Gordon (shoulder), Jamal Murray (rest) and Bruce Brown Jr. (ankle). Of course, Jeff Green (hand) and Colin Gillespie (foot) are out indefinitely.
Full Nuggets vs Heat Injury Report:
For Denver; Murray, Gordon and Brown are still questionable outside of Green.
The Heat will likely be without Dedmon and Urseven, but with Butler, Vincent and Jovic. Haslem and Martin are skeptical. pic.twitter.com/1G4v7aLtys
— TJ McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) December 30, 2022
Miami has won seven of its last 10 games, and the team is on a back-to-back winning streak. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are one of the best teams in the league. They are 8-2 in their last 10 contests. Denver’s 127-126 loss to the Kings on Wednesday night ended their five-game winning streak.
The Heat are 1-7 in their eight head-to-head games against the Nuggets, and are 6-2 in their last eight. As for Denver, the team has won its last six home contests.
Moreover, the Nuggets are 4-1 in their previous five home games against Miami. According to various sportsbooks, Denver is a 4.5-point favorite over Miami. For those wondering, the Heat is 2-7 as an underdog this season.