TIME: 7:30 pm EST
WHERE: AmericanAirlines Arena
TV: NBATV, SunSports / Radio: 790 the Ticket
|Patrick Beverley||PG||Norris Cole|
|James Harden||SG||Dwyane Wade|
|Trevor Ariza||SF||Luol Deng|
|Terrence Jones||PF||Shawne Williams|
|Dwight Howard||C||Chris Bosh|
On Sunday, the Heat took down the only other unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors. Now, they will take on one of three unbeaten teams in the Western Conference, the Houston Rockets. This will be the Heat's first of another back-to-back as they will play in Charlotte against the Hornets on Wednesday night.
Houston is 4-0, with three of those wins on the road. The Rockets are currently a top-4 defense in the NBA, allowing only 91.5 PPG. The Rockets are on the back end of a back-to-back after beating the Sixers in Philadelphia last night. James Harden had 35 points.
The Heat welcomed back Josh McRoberts over the last two games in limited minutes, and you should expect that to stay the same for now. They have had success with Williams starting, and there isn't a reason to make the change, yet. It's unclear about the statuses of Udonis Haslem and Danny Granger, who haven't played yet this regular season.
There are two key match-ups to watch this game, shooting guard and center. Harden and Wade have been two of the better shooting guards in the NBA the last few years. Since meeting in the 2012 NBA Finals, Harden has now went to star level. Harden is a tough guard for anyone, and Wade will need to keep up on both ends for Miami. Secondly, this will be the biggest challenge for Chris Bosh yet this season. Dwight Howard is good at beating thinner players down low, and he showed that earlier in the preseason against Bosh. But Howard will also have to keep up with Bosh on the other side of the floor.
It will be the Heat's toughest test yet, but it should be a great game. If you are looking for a prediction, I probably lean towards Houston taking overall. They have played really great ball so far. But, I think what's on the Heat's side is that they are a deeper team than Houston, and the Rockets played last night. So...I think MIami can win this game.
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