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This week in Heat basketball

The Heat have three games this Christmas week, and one of them has a special significance. Here's what to look forward to and some fantasy advice for playing FanDuel.

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Happy Holidays to all of our Hot Hot Hoops readers! We are excited for another week of Heat basketball, and want to highlight for you the schedule and what is to come this week. The Heat have three games this week and non back-to-backs so hopefully we see some good basketball from there. And as always, we are giving you some FanDuel pointers.

Make sure you join us on FanDuel. It's 1-day fantasy basketball and it is awesome. Now that fantasy football is over, you've got the time. Here's what is ahead for Miami this week.

Philadelphia @ Miami

DETAILS: Tuesday, 7:30 PM EST

The schedule gods gave the Heat a break heading into their biggest game of the season on Christmas, and gifted the Heat with the worst team in the league here. The Sixers are bad, and I mean bad. They don't want to win. However, the Sixers just won in Orlando on Sunday night to improve to 3-23 on the season.

If there was ever a game to help the Heat continue the success they had against the Celtics, it is this one. Miami will have to take advantage of the fact that the Sixers are the lowest scoring team in the NBA. Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel are the only real concerns for the Heat on the roster. MCW has hurt them before and Noel has the length to really bother the Heat.

FanDuel Advice: It's hard to want to take anyone in this game. The line might be so decreased with the Sixers 30th in scoring and Miami at 25th. But someone will play well. If Wade is out, this is a game Mario Chalmers could score well in considering is FD price.

Cleveland @ Miami

DETAILS: Thursday, 5:00 PM EST (ABC)

OK, here we go. It's the game everyone has been waiting for...LeBron returns to Miami. The Cavs will play in against Minnesota two days before and so they'll spend Christmas in Miami. Maybe LeBron still has his house? The Cavs have been getting better but they aren't scaring anyone.

But, here's the problem. Kevin Love is a problem, Kyrie Irving is a problem, and LeBron is always a problem. And we don't know if Chris Bosh is going to play. This has the potential to make Christmas night no fun for us. The Heat are going to have a tough task to win this, but don't count out the home feeling for this. If Wade plays, the Heat always have a chance.

FanDuel Advice: Kevin Love is a great play here. The Heat struggle against players with the inside motor to rebound, and Love can do that, and stretch the floor to score. There's not a single Heat player that says I have an advantage here, so I don't recommend playing any of them.

Memphis @ Miami

DETAILS: Saturday, 7:30 PM EST (NBATV)

Last time, the Grizzlies put a beating on the Heat as they were trying to breakthrough in their young season. Now, Memphis stands near the top of the league in standings. Luckily, the Heat will get them on the back-side of a back-to-back while Miami will have a days rest.

The Grizzlies are a top 10 defense and will make the Heat work for everything. If Chris Bosh is still out, you can almost count this one out. At home, the Heat can make it a game. The Grizzlies aren't a prolific scoring team, so the Heat will need some contributions from rotation players to help them succeed.

FanDuel Advice: Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph might have their way, but I like Luol Deng here as well. Deng has been playing well and I think this is a matchup he can take advantage of, especially when the rest of the lineup might get locked up by their opposition.


Disclosure: Remember, even though FanDuel sponsors this post, all the opinions and insights are my own. FanDuel has given me a little bit of money to start playing already.

Remember, there are lots of ways to play FanDuel. You can play for cash or for free. You can enter pools starting as low as $1. You can play winner take all, a 50/50 league that just requires you finishing in the top half, or specialized custom leagues. All you have to do is pick a team of 9 players with $60k fantasy cash and play against others.

The Best night to play this week: Tuesday December 23 OR Friday, December 26. 22 of the 30 NBA teams will be in action those nights so there's plenty of players to choose from.

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