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Game of the Day: Houston Rockets at Miami Heat

There is a lot on the line in today’s NBA Game of the Day. First and most obviously, the Miami Heat are in a rare mid-season skid that’s definitely foreign to those who pay attention from a distance. The truth is, the Heat have looked vulnerable many times in the past few regular seasons. In their first season together Miami Thrice went through a similar March swoon, dropping five straight before righting the ship on a nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2012, the Heat trailed in a playoff series three straight times, but always managed to scratch and claw their way back. This time around the Heat have dropped five of their last six games, preventing them from gaining any ground on the 1st place Indiana Pacers, who have also being struggling as of late. Today, the Heat will have to contend with the Houston Rockets, who have lost two straight games but are still 14-4 in their last eighteen. One of those wins is a victory at home over the Heat.

Mar 14, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

If history tells us anything, it’s that the Miami Heat will win this game. Of course, you don’t know about this history. I’ve been lucky enough to go to a lot of NBA games in my life. The next game on this list is this game today. I’ve seen half of the leagues teams, but the Heat have participated in the majority of those games. I’ve watched Miami in person ten times (once while LeBron James was still a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers) and I have never seen them lose a game. They are a perfect 10-0 while Sonny Giuliano is in the building. Clearly, there is something special going on when I’m in the building. At least that is what I tell myself. Maybe it just has to do with the fact that they’ve been consistently solid in those seasons that I have seen them play.

So the only thing left to do now is predict the score, which if you’ve been following along at home you’ll know I have been unusually good at. Just take a look at my track record picking games for Saving the Skyhook.

March 9th
My pick- Chicago 93, Miami 90
Result- Chicago 95, Miami 88

February 9th
My Pick- Oklahoma City 109, New York 101
Result- Oklahoma City 112, New York 100

January 26th
My Pick- Miami 107, San Antonio 101
Result- Miami 113, San Antonio 101

January 5th
My Pick- Miami 104, Toronto 96
Result- Miami 102, Toronto 97

December 1st
My Picks- Oklahoma City 117, Minnesota 109… Indiana 98, Los Angeles 92
Results- Oklahoma City 113, Minnesota 103… Indiana 105, Los Angeles 100

November 9th
My Pick- Indiana 89, Brooklyn 84
Result- Indiana 96, Brooklyn 91

Sure, I’ve had a few that were off by quite a number of points, but come on! Check out how close I was to nailing some of those scores right on the money. Just like there is with me being present at Miami Heat games, there is something ridiculous going on when I’m picking games too.

The Pick: Miami 104, Houston 100

National TV: ABC

Time: 3:30 p.m. EST

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