The Miami Heat have just come off a closer than expected win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day and are now headed to Sleepy Train Arena in Sacramento to take on Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. Although on paper this game may seem insignificant, it actually holds some value. The Heat have the chance to tie an NBA record with 20 consecutive regular season wins against the Western Conference.
This is quite an astonishing feat considering the Western Conference is the deepest it ever has been in league history with nine of the 16 teams sitting above .500. The Eastern Conference in comparison has only three teams above .500, which shows how much of an imbalance there is between to the two conferences in terms of talent.
The last time the Heat lost to a Western Conference opponent was against the Utah Jazz on January 14, 2013, and since that humbling defeat the Heat have been on an absolute tear against every opponent out of the West. With many skeptics of the Heat claiming their dominance is only derived from the weak and watered down Eastern Conference they play in, the fact that they have dominated against the stronger conference only proves their supremacy and solidifies them as one of the greatest teams ever assembled.
If the Heat are to pull out a win in Sacramento they will have a chance to set the record with a win against the Portland Trail Blazers, a matchup that is becoming one of the most highly anticipated games of the season. A win in Portland would again solidify the Heat’s dominance against some of the top teams in the league, and it would also break a record that hasn’t been touched since the Boston Celtics set it in 1972. The Heat will be looking to make history over these next two games and solidify themselves as one the greatest teams to ever play in the NBA.