The Heat seem to be regaining their stride, going 3–1 last week, with the only loss coming in OT on the road. Miami has the second-best net rating in the East over the last 10 games. Oh, and it was slightly interesting to see the team’s offense take off without Hassan Whiteside in a blowout win over the Wizards.
The author, Rohan Nadkarni, noticed how Miami won without Whiteside, but ESPN had that game circled as a “scheduled loss” for the weary Wizards.
The Wizards will play in New Orleans on March 9, then head out immediately after -- losing an hour in the process -- for Miami, where they’ll close out a back-to-back set less than 24 hours after facing New Orleans and play your third game in five days. The Heat will enter this game with a one-day rest advantage.
Portland is the hottest team in the league, now having won nine in a row. The Blazers still only have a two-game lead on the Pelicans and Wolves in the bunched-up West.
In reality Portland has the 5th best record in the standings, and Miami the 17th (not even the top half of the 30 teams).