The comforts of home have been good to the Miami Heat in the month of December. It had to end sometime though.
After a thrilling Christmas Day victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, the Heat will finish off the 2012 portion of the current NBA season of a four-game road trip starting tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats.
After Miami finishes the game tonight the trip will shift to the Midwest for a weekend back-to-back stretch against the Detroit Pistons on Friday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. The Heat than will finish the trip back in the Sunshine State for a New Year’s Eve game against the Orlando Magic.
The games in Charlotte and Detroit should not be tough for the Heat to overcome as both teams have had dismal seasons so far, but either one could fall under the ‘trap game’ category.
The games in Milwaukee and Orlando are a slightly different story.
Both the Bucks and Magic have so far exceeded expectations so far in the season. Milwaukee has held their own to be in the thick for supremacy of the Central Division. Orlando, even as they are currently three games under .500 with a 12-15 record, has done well after trading Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers in the off-season for Aaron Afflalo in a four-team deal.
Miami will likely use this trip wisely to prepare as they will spend the majority of January on the road.
This road trip will be first stretch of games the Heat will spend away from American Airlines Arena since a six-game trip that went from November 9 to November 17. Miami finished that trip winning four out the six games.