Dwyane Wade will miss his first game of the season in order to rest a sore left hamstring when the Miami Heat face off against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

Wade told reporters at the morning shootaround that he would be sitting out as a precaution at this early point of the season. The injury was likely sustained during the Heat’s loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, in which Wade led the team with 20 points.

The Heat (5-3) and their longtime starting shooting guard have enjoyed a solid start to the season in the wake of losing LeBron James via free agency over the summer. Wade is averaging 19.8 points, a team-leading 6.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 32.4 minutes played.

“Tonight, I’m not playing. It’s as simple as that,” he said. “It’s just not smart for me to try and push it.” said Wade.

Friday’s game against the Hawks comes during a stretch of three games in five nights. It includes a back-to-back set — Miami’s fourth already this season — scheduled for Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Bucks and Monday on the road versus the Brooklyn Nets. source:

Check out these betting odds:

Miami Heat +2-5 193 o -103

Atlanta Hawks -2.5 193 u -107




Furthermore, the night continues with the game between the Detroit Pistons @ Oklahoma City. The Detroit Pistons will be looking to take advantage of a shorthanded Oklahoma City Thunder team tonight on NBA Friday.

Head to head, the Pistons are 4-9 TS in the last 13 meetings overall and 2-5 ATS in the last seven in Oklahoma City.

The Detroit Pistons are just 2-6 on the season and have lost all four of their road games so far. In fact, they have lost three straight overall and are coming off a 107-103 loss against the Wizards despite 32 points and 10 assists from Brandon Jennings and 20 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Even Greg Monroe added 18 points, but the scoring contributions hit a brick wall after that as Josh Smith and Andre Drummond combined for a measly eight points which has been the case all season as the Pistons ranked in the bottom five in both assists and points per game. source:

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