2014 is here and the NBA season is getting to the midway point with plenty of teams looking to make a playoff push, dump salary, or tank for the future star-studded draft class in this upcoming NBA draft. Tonight there are a slate of games that are on which include a lot of good matchups. One of the more interesting and probably the best one on tonight is the Golden State Warriors vs. Miami Heat matchup. This is my selection for game of the night.
The Heat have been on cruise control for the most part this season and honestly with no other competition in the Eastern Conference aside from the Indiana Pacers, they have been able to rest Dwyane Wade, 1/3 of the Big Three for stretches of games. Wade has been battling injuries and knee soreness throughout the season, but I believe a lot of the rest is precautionary for the Heat’s real season – the NBA playoffs. LeBron James has been stellar again and continuing his model of consistency. He was able to play in their last game against the Nuggets going for 26 points and 10 assist to lead them to the win in Denver, after missing the game against the Portland Trail Blazers to a groin injury.
The Warriors have been on a tear recently. They have won their last 6 games and look to get win number 7 tonight in South Beach. Their improvement has come in many ways. They have begun to play better defense and getting back Andre Iguodala in the process has helped out and provided the squad with another scoring punch and defensive presence. Tonight’s focus for the 20-13 team will be getting the post game working in their favor with Andrew Bogut and David Lee to exploit the lack of inside presence of the Heat. Their defense will also be important as they have only allowed an average of 89.7 points during their recent win streak.
The Pick: It is hard to go against the defending champions at home and with a hot Warriors team as of late coming into town and looking to get back on track after a lackluster start to the season. And in this case, I will not go against the best player in the league since Kobe Bryant in his prime and the reigning MVP of the NBA. The Heat are holding Wade’s status until closer to game time, but I believe he will play and Chris Bosh will need to come ready to play to man the inside against the Warriors. I am taking the Heat at home, 105-99.
National TV: NBA League Pass; Local: SunSpM (Miami Heat) & CSNBayHD (Golden State Warriors)
Time: 7:30 PM ET