Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat
Tip-off: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
The Miami Heat seem to be focused on the next rival they have to face and not only on their latest win even while their winning streak has reached franchise-record status.
Tonight Miami can extend their run to 16 games with a 12th consecutive home win versus the lowly Orlando Magic.
According to the NBA live lines, Dwyane Wade had 32 points with 10 assists while LeBron James shook off a sore left knee for 20 and 10 rebounds to help the Heat (44-14) post a club-record 15th straight victory, 97-81 versus the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
Miami has averaged 107.0 points on 51.6 percent shooting while yielding 94.9 per game since their last loss, a 102-89 defeat against the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 1.
YouWager experts consider that the positive energy has the Heat playing like a team poised to successfully defend its NBA title. However, Miami also wants to improve, especially after committing a season-high 24 turnovers and going 5 of 21 from 3-point range Monday.
The Heat weren’t at their best in their first meeting with the Magic (17-44), getting outrebounded 50-33 and needing overtime to win 112-110 on the road Dec. 31. James had 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, but Orlando center Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and an NBA season-high 29 boards while Arron Afflalo added 28 points.
Things may be easier for the Heat at home where they’ve averaged 111.6 points during an 11-game winning streak.
Wade should be well positioned to pick up the slack if it’s needed. He has averaged 32.3 points and shot 53.8 percent in his last 12 home games versus Orlando.
Afflalo scored five of his 26 in the final 38 seconds Monday to help the Magic snap a three-game slide with a 105-102 victory versus the New Orleans Hornets. Coming back from a six-game absence due to a knee injury, Jameer Nelson had 15 points and seven assists as Orlando shot 49.4 percent and rallied from 17 down to win for just the fifth time in 36 games.
Orlando’s forward Tobias Harris is averaging 16.8 points in six games since being acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks in January. The 20 year-old’s averaged 4.9 in 28 games with his NBA team.