Heat look to defeat Philadelphia for second time in six days

Dwyane Wade will look to keep shooting over Philadelphia defenders. - USA TODAY Sports

Going for a 20th consecutive victory, the Miami Heat travel to Philadelphia after denying the Atlanta Hawks last night.

Last week, the Heat defeated the 76ers, who are in the midst of a miserable stretch of basketball as they fade out of the playoff hunt.

Six days later, not much will have changed when the Heat play at Philadelphia on March 13 at 7 p.m.

In fact, the Sixers have witnessed the Heat surge in conjunction with their own plummet, as the Heat also dropped them on Feb. 23. The Heat will look to beat them for the third time in this streak.

The 76ers (24-39) snapped a five game losing streak on March 11 to Brooklyn, but have still lost 12 of their last 14 games. Despite having six players who average double figures, Philadelphia is an anemic offense that is 27th in the league in defensive rating. They are 21st in the league in effective field goal percentage, which is an adjusted measure that calculates overall production on 3-pointers and 2-point shots to add the value of the 3-pointer.

The Heat, in the meantime, are rolling in the midst of a 19-game winning streak after defeating Atlanta last night. Dwyane Wade, coming off a player of the week award, led the Heat with 23 points in the game. It sets up as a 'trap game,' being a back-to-back on the road, but honestly, the 76ers are just toiling hard in the pits right now.

NOTES

- LeBron James shot under 50 percent from the field for just the tenth time this season when he missed 11-of-14 shots against Atlanta yesterday.

- According to the Associated Press, only three teams have won at least 20 consecutive games in a season: the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33), the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22), and the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (22). The Heat go for that today.

- Dwyane Wade may not be on a tear like his teammate was earlier in the season, but he's shot over 50 percent in 11 straight games. Not bad.

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