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Heat return home for game against Sixers, lengthy homestand

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Dwyane Wade and the Heat return to the AAA for some much needed home cooking.
Dwyane Wade and the Heat return to the AAA for some much needed home cooking.

Coming off of an embarrassing road loss to the Boston Celtics in front of a national audience on Sunday, the Miami Heat begin just what need on Tuesday night...a homestand. Even amidst their road struggles, Miami has been solid on their home court, winning 15 consecutive games, many against quality opponents. They will look to continue that streak against the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.

While the Heat have won just three of their last ten games away from home, they have been near unstoppable at the AmericanAirlines Arena. During their 15-game home winning streak, the Heat have outscored their opponents by an average of 11.0 points per game. It also helps that they are playing against Philadelphia, who have lost 10 straight regular season games to the Heat by an average of 12.4 points.

Miami is still making a bid for the best record in the Eastern Conference and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. Considering how dominating they have been at home, getting that 1-seed would be pretty big for the Heat. However, keep in mind that the Heat's regular season struggles didn't come into play in the playoffs, beating Chicago and Boston after having problems with them during the season.

GAME NOTES

  • The Heat are 21-2 at home. Philadelphia is 10-13 on the road.
  • The Heat's 72 points in Boston on Sunday were the teams lowest point total in over two years.
  • Philadelphia leads the league in scoring defense, giving up just 87.8 points per game.
  • Mario Chalmers needs one assist to reach 1,000 in his career.
  • The Sixers have lost 10 of their last 14 on the road.
  • For the Heat, Mike Miller (ankle) remains out.
  • Philly has nobody listed on their injury report.

Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7:30. The game will be broadcast locally on Sun Sports.