But it's teams like the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers have given the Heat much bigger problems and have often required heroic feats from LeBron James and/or Dwyane Wade to walk away with a victory.
The MIlwaukee Bucks (32-31, 16-15 at home) sit in the middle of the two extremes, certainly not an elite team in the East nor a lottery team, and they've given the defending champs plenty of headaches in their latest clashes.
With a win today, the Heat would skip ahead of the 1970-71 Bucks team that also won 20 consecutive games and be positioned right behind the 2007-08 Houston Rockets team that won 22 straight and the 1971-72 Lakers squad that won 33 times in a row.
Shane Battier (flu) is still listed as day-to-day with the flu, though he did play 15 minutes in the victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (toe) is out for tonight's game, which starts at 8:30 at the Bradley Center. Recently acquired J.J. Redick is listed as day-to-day with a sprained ankle, as is Ersan Ilyasova (bone bruise, knee) and Larry Sanders (hyperextended knee).
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Friday, Mar 15, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT
BMO Harris Bradley Center