Game #30: Dallas Mavericks (21-5) vs. Miami Heat (21-8)

The last time the Miami Heat suffered a loss it was on November 27th when they fell at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks 106-95 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  Since then the Heat has rattled off 12 straight wins, just two shy of the franchise mark set back in the 2004-05 season.  And sure, the Heat are definitely playing their best ball of the season, but ask any player and they'll be quick to tell you that this teams best games have yet to come. 

Even though they are on this nice win streak, a win over Dallas would go a long way for Miami.  They haven't beaten the Mavericks in the regular season in this decade, a stretch that goes back to December of 1999.  It's interesting how the Heat-Mavs all-time series has gone though.  It started with Miami losing the first 8 matchups between 1988-1992. 

From 92 to 99 though, the Heat took 16 in a row from a mostly struggling Mavs team, but that streak ended abruptly and took us to where we are now.  Over the last 11 years Dallas has reeled off 13 consecutive wins over the Heat and 16 of the last 17.  We do get some solace in that Miami got the best of the Mavs in their only playoff meeting, the 2006 NBA Finals. 

Something that the Miami Heat should be getting used to is seeing the best that their opposition have to offer, regardless of whether they are playing a team in first place or last place.  Even before the Heat began their winning streak they learned very quickly that they had to bring their ‘A' game every night.  It's something that the best teams in the league have to endure; what some players refer to as ‘having a target on your back'. 

GAME NOTES

  • Miami comes in with a 12-3 record at home while Dallas is a very impressive 8-1 on the road. 
  • Each of the Big 3 has scored at least 20 points in the Heat's last two games.
  • James Jones has drawn a team leading 14 charges. 
  • Dallas has been playing some great ball over the last month, winning 14 of their last 15 games. 
  • Udonis Haslem (foot) is out for the Heat but Mike Miller (thumb) should be returning to the lineup sometime this week. 
  • For Dallas, guard Rodrigue Beaubois (foot) is out.

Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7:30.  For those of you from outside of South Florida this game will be broadcast on NBA TV. If you want to go to the game but don't have tickets, don't forget about Peninsula Is Mightier's new partnership with TiqIQ that not only helps you get tickets right here on PIM but they also search through several ticket selling websites and finds you the best deals out there.  Click here to see what's available.

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