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Preview: Miami Heat (56-15) At New Orleans Hornets (25-47)

 

Fast Break Points:

-Heat’s winning streak is now over.  How do they respond?  Will they rest their players for the playoffs?  They are currently two games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs for the NBA’s best record, and the overall number one playoff seed.  Getting the overall number one seed (they had the East number one seed locked up ever since about January) is important for guaranteeing home court advantage in the Finals (if/when they make it that far).

-Last time the Heat and the Hornets played:

-The first time they played, LeBron got kicked in the face:

-CAN THE MIAMI HEAT ACTUALLY BOX OUT AND REBOUND (FOR ONCE)?  Probably not, as Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh are going up against The Unibrow (Anthony Davis) and The Other Lopez Twin (Robin Lopez).

-Both Greivis Vasquez and Eric Gordon of the Hornets have recently come back from injuries (left ankle sprains).  How effective will they be?

 

Miami’s record in the past 10 games: (9-1)

New Orleans’ record in the past 10 games: (4-6)

Head-to-Head: (1-0)

  • Beat the Hornets (106-90) in Miami on December 8th.

Miami’s Current League Rank:

  • Points Per Game (PPG): 5th
  • Rebounds Per Game (RPG): 30th
  • Assists Per Game (APG): 11th
  • Opponents Points Per Game (OPPG): 7th

New Orleans’ Current League Rank:

  • Points Per Game (PPG): 24th
  • Rebounds Per Game (RPG): 21st
  • Assists Per Game (APG): 22nd
  • Opponents Points Per Game (OPPG): 14th

Probable Starting Lineups:

Miami Heat

  • PG: Mario Chalmers
  • SG: Dwayne Wade
  • SF: LeBron James
  • PF: Udonis Haslem
  • C: Chris Bosh

New Orleans Hornets

  • PG: Greivis Vasquez
  • SG: Eric Gordon
  • SF: Al-Fariq Aminu
  • PF: Antony Davis
  • C: Robin Lopez

 

Shot Charts:

Miami Heat

New Orleans Hornets

 

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