7:30 PM ET, December 3, 2013
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat are certainly intimidating rivals.
The Heat will try to continue its success and further their latest winning streak to 11 games tonight when they host the Detroit Pistons.
In Sunday’s 99-98 win versus the Charlotte Bobcats, Bosh scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds, but it was where his points came from that truly impressed YouWager experts. The 29 year-old player scored 13 straight points in the fourth quarter, including three 3-pointers — his most ever in a quarter and tied for his single-game career high.
Bosh is playing nearly five fewer minutes per game than he was last NBA season, but that hasn’t kept him from adding some range to his jumper. The Dallas native has seven 3-point makes away from matching his career high — set in 2012-13 — and is attempting nearly two per game.
With Miami (14-3) leading the league in field goal percentage (51.3), Bosh’s capacity to be a threat from beyond the arc has made them that much more difficult to defend.
The Heat’s shooting percentage is outstanding partially thanks to LeBron James, who is shooting 59.8 percent from the field — by far the best mark of any forward in the NBA. James is shooting 64.8 percent in his last seven games in Miami.
The 28 year-old star has averaged 29.3 points on 63.2 percent shooting in his last four home games against the Pistons. Miami has won all five at home versus Detroit since James and Bosh’s arrival, including two last season by a combined 46 points.
Bosh and James need to focus with Pistons center Andre Drummond, who is coming off one of the best single-game performances in the league this basketball season.
Drummond had career highs of 31 points, 19 rebounds and six steals Sunday in the Pistons’ 115-100 victory versus the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1990 to record that line.
Detroit had a plus-5.3 margin versus the Heat last season but lost two of three meetings. Greg Monroe averaged 27.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in the two defeats in Florida.
According to the NBA odds, Miami has won seven of the past eight meetings at home by an average of 12.0 points.