After sweeping a surprisingly tough five-game road trip, the Heat are back in familiar territory. However, Miami will only play two games at home before hitting the road yet again, this time for a four-game road trip.
The Pistons will face one of the toughest challenges in the NBA right now — the reigning champions, who have won 24 straight games.
While Brandon Knight will most likely be out and Andre Drummond is still sidelined, Detroit should not be underestimated. The Pistons have already beaten Miami once this season, but they did so at home. LeBron James and Chris Bosh scored 35 and 28 points respectively in the Dec. 28 meeting, but the Heat were short-handed as Dwyane Wade was serving a suspension.
In their loss to the Pistons, Miami was torched by Will Bynum, who dropped 25 points and dished out 10 assists off the bench. The only way to beat the Heat this season has been to punish them with 3-point shooting. In that game, Detroit shot 63.2 percent from beyond the arc.
A lot of things have changed since Miami’s loss to Detroit. The Heat are now riding an unprecedented wave of success, beating everyone in their way and doing so in every way imaginable.
In Miami’s last game, the Cleveland Cavaliers challenged them in surprising fashion. To pull out the victory, the Heat had to overcome their largest deficit of the season, but rallied the troops and erased the Cavaliers’ 27-point cushion.
The Heat are proud owners of the league’s best record at home, having won 30 games at AmericanAirlines Arena this season while losing just three. On paper, this seems like a relatively easy game for the home team, but it would be silly to underestimate Detroit.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter: @VytisLasaitis