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NBA - US Sports: Suns face Heat in potential Finals preview

Wednesday's NBA highlight sees Western Conference leaders Phoenix Suns head to the East's pacesetters Miami Heat in what is potentially a Finals Series preview.

Phoenix are 13/4 to win in the Money Line and the Heat can be backed at 10/11 with a -8.5 handicap in the point spread in one of a dozen NBA games taking place.

East a real battleground

The Suns boast a league-best 52-13 overall record and look all-but locked in for the top seed in the West as they are eight games clear of Memphis in second spot with just 17 games left to play, while the Grizzlies only have 15 regular season games remaining.

The East has been incredibly competitive this season but Miami have started to pull clear of their rivals and they hold a three-game advantage over their two closest challengers, defending champions Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.

This may be a possible Finals Series preview, but it is worth noting the Suns are missing two key men. Phoenix remain without veteran guard Chris Paul, who is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a thumb injury, while fellow guard Devin Booker is set to miss a fifth straight game through illness.

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No worries for Miami

In contrast, the Heat are virtually at full strength as Markieff Morris is their only absentee after the return of Victor Oladipo from injury.  The guard made his first appearance of the season in the win over Houston Rockets last time out and had 11 points and four assists in 15 minutes from the bench.

Oladipo was delighted to be back on court, and he is confident he can improve over the course of the remainder of the regular season ahead of the playoffs.

"I'm still getting stronger. Still getting better," Oladipo said, via CBS Sports. "That was a great first go-round, getting my feet wet. But I'm excited and looking forward to the year. Just gotta keep getting better. It's not always going to be perfect, but that's OK."

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