Both Heat and Suns have identical 5-2 records, so how do they compare?
1 – The Suns win despite giving up over 104 points per game in 4 of 5 wins: 119-109, 114-105, 121-110, 130-122, 124-95. Miami surrendered over 104 points in only one of their wins: 129-100, 106-97, 112-97, 131-126 (OT), 120-101.
2 – The Heat leave a lot points on the table at the free-throw line: 144 of 201 equals 57 misses for Miami, 140 of 171 equals 31 fails for Suns. While the Heat had 30 more free-throw attempts, they only got 4 more points from them. Compared to Suns, the Heat lost 20 bonus points thus far.
3 – The Suns starters are more efficient scorers with a FG%/3P%/FT% line of 49/41/85 versus Miami starters line of 46/40/68. Miami’s bench is more efficient than the Suns’ bench unit, especially from the 3-point range: Miami 47/39/77 versus Phoenix 43/31/80.
4 – Overall both teams are closely matched in net rating with Suns third at 7.8 and Heat fourth at 6.3. Both teams have identical 5-2 records.
5 – One clear advantage for Miami lies in drawing shooting fouls, where they lead the NBA with a FTA rate of 0.332. However the Heat have the highest TOV% at 18.3%, compared to the Suns 15.9%.
All in all, the game promises to be an interesting on as the Heat face an underrated Suns team with newly found guidance from Ricky Rubio.