Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets
Tip-off: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo is convinced after a month on the job that he has a winning team. However, tonight he will have the opportunity to make several YouWager bettors happy when the team begins a difficult three-game stretch against LeBron James and the NBA champion Miami Heat.
Miami has won the last 12 meetings and remain the league’s standard in the eyes of Carlesimo.
The Chicago Bulls will also be a huge challenge at home Friday, and the Los Angeles Lakers next Tuesday.
Miami (28-13) already beat Brooklyn twice this season — “smacked,” says Carlesimo, who described another Nets loss as “annihilated,” apparently believing that when the team fall, “losing” isn’t enough of a description.
Luckily for the Nets this hasn’t happened often since Carlesimo was promoted to interim coach when Avery Johnson was fired Dec. 27.
Brooklyn has since gone 13-4, winning eight straight at home and pulling within 1 1/2 games of the neighboring New York Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division. Brooklyn has tied a franchise record for the most victories in January (11) and can equal their best total in any month with a win tonight.
On their road to success the Nets won versus the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Knicks, the kind of performances that give Brooklyn reason for confidence going into this stretch.
Brooklyn rebounded from their first two-game losing streak under Carlesimo with a 97-77 win versus the Orlando Magic on Monday. However Carlesimo was still dwelling Tuesday on the defeats last week versus the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets that saddled them with a 2-2 mark on a road trip which began with what NBA basketball fans considered an outstanding win over the Knicks.
Miami has been efficient against Brooklyn this season, averaging 20.5 points on 55.6 percent shooting along with 10.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists.
However, Dwyane Wade has been the offensive star in the season series, averaging 28.0 points and shooting 70.6 percent from the floor in the two wins, both whole at home.
Miami had their four-game winning streak snapped Sunday with a 100-98 double-overtime defeat versus the Boston Celtics. James had 34 points, a season-high 16 rebounds, seven assists and three steals as the Heat shot just 40.6 percent — its third-worst mark of the NBA season.
The Nets have held rivals to 42.4 percent shooting during its eight-game run in Brooklyn.