Of all the teams that the Miami Heat have played this season, you could say that the Orlando Magic have given them the most trouble. Orlando has beaten the Heat in two of the teams three meetings so far this season, with tonight being Miami's final opportunity to break even with the Magic, who haven't won a season series against the Heat since the 2008-09 season.
The Heat will be looking for their 13th consecutive win at the American Airlines Arena, with one of those wins being a 12-point victory over the Magic in on February 19th. Miami held the Magic's star center Dwight Howard to just 12 points and 15 rebounds in that game, but he has gone off against the Heat in the two games that Orlando won.
In the Magic's first win over Miami Howard had 25 points and 24 rebounds, and then in the second win he put up an equally impressive 24 points and 25 boards. He recently made news by committing to the Magic and sticking with them despite requesting a trade earlier this season. Orlando has responded well, and have won four of their last five games coming into this one.
- Miami is 18-2 at home. Orlando is 13-9 on the road.
- The Heat have won 12 straight games at home, giving up just 89.3 points per game during the win streak.
- Miami hasn't swept their two home games against the Magic since the 2004-05 season.
- Dwight Howard is averaging 20.3 points and 21.3 rebounds against the Heat this season, shooting 62.2% from the field.
- However, Howard seems to struggle when playing in Miami. In his last five visits, he's averaging just 14.4 points and has failed to reach 20 in any of the games.
- For the Heat, Mike Miller (ankle) is doubtful.
- As for Orlando, Jason Richardson (ankle) is questionable.
- Miami will be playing in their El Heat uniforms as the night will be themed by Noche Latina.
Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7pm. The game will be broadcast locally on Sun Sports and nationally on ESPN.