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PreHeat: Miami Heat (48-22) at Detroit Pistons (25-45) -- Race to the Top

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Miami Detroit
Heat Pistons
48-22 Record 25-45
(5th of 30) 110.9 Off Rtg 107.0 (16th of 30)
(5th of 30) 103.2 Def Rtg 111.7 (28th of 30)
(19th of 30) 91.0 Pace 88.8 (29th of 30)
Likely Starters
Mike Bibby PG Tracy McGrady
Dwyane Wade SG Rip Hamilton
LeBron James SF Tayshaun Prince
Chris Bosh PF Greg Monroe
Zydrunas Ilgauskas C Ben Wallace
Mike Miller 6th Gordon/Stuckey
Matchup Series 3-0
The Palace of Auburn Hills
7:30 PM EST
Sun Sports / 790 AM
Injury Report:
Heat: Haslem (indef), Chalmers (2 wks), Ilgauskas (doubtful)
Pistons: Jerebko, White (out indef)

Quick Game Notes:

  • Detroit has been a team in disarray all season, but victories over the Mavericks, Celtics, Magic and Hawks this season have shown what their array of firepower can do when all their pieces are in full harmony. Miami leads the series 3-0, having beat the Pistons in convincing fashion twice and surviving one in the absence of Wade and Bosh, overcome in the clutch by Eddie House's free throws.
  • The Road to the Top: Anyone who can say they predicted the Chicago Bulls at the top of the Eastern Conference is what we call a liar. Chicago currently leads the Eastern Conference standings, ahead of the Celtics by 0.5 games with the Heat trailing by 3.0 games. The prestigious top spot is crucial in the resistance to the Conference Finals, with the 2nd or 3rd seed having to face each other in the 2nd round if they both win their 1st round series, respectively. Basically, if playoffs started today the Heat would face the Sixers followed by the Celtics-Knicks winner. The Bulls would face the Pacers, followed by the Magic-Hawks winner. Out of the Bulls 12 remaining games, half are against .500 teams. The Celtics on the other hand, have 7 of their next 12 versus winning teams.