After going 2-2 on their last road trip, the Miami Heat are heading back to South Florida to prepare for a five-game homestand that begins on Saturday. Here is the schedule for the next five games and who the Heat are playing:
1) Saturday, Dec. 14: versus Cleveland Cavaliers
2) Monday, Dec. 16: versus Utah Jazz
3) Wednesday, Dec. 18: versus Indiana Pacers
4) Friday, Dec. 20: versus Sacramento Kings
5) Monday, Dec. 23: versus Atlanta Hawks
Outside of the scorching Pacers, the other four teams the Heat will matchup against aren’t even above the .500 mark. This five-game stretch could be a great opportunity for the Heat to beef up their regular season record a bit, while also giving extended playing time to role players, due to how weak the overall competition is.
The Heat will most likely end this five-game homestand going 4-1. Now, most fans would predict that the Heat would drop their one game at home against the Pacers, but that won’t happen. With how close their first matchup of the season was, don’t be surprised if it comes down to the wire again, with the Heat prevailing this time around. The one loss in this home stand will most likely come either a game before or after the Heat battle the Pacers on Dec. 18. This will most likely be due to mental exhaustion in preparing for playing the physical Pacers. The Sacramento game seems like the one the Heat will drop, due to the Kings also playing a very large frontcourt, and size being one of this Heat team’s true weaknesses.
With this prediction, the Heat would finish their homestand with a 20-7 record for the season, which isn’t too bad considering the Heat had the exact same record last year 27 games into the campaign. And we all know how last season ended for the defending champs…