Golden State (50-5) at Miami (32-24)
When: Wednesday, February 24th 2016
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
Time: 7:35 ET | TV: CSN Bay Area, FSN Sun
The injury-plagued Miami Heat look to continue their winning streak when they take on the NBA’s best – Golden State Warriors. Miami’s current winning streak hit three games on Monday with a come-from-behind victory over the Indiana Pacers 101-93 in overtime. The Heat trailed by 14 points early but chipped away at the Pacers led by Luol Deng, who has taken over as the main offensive threat recently. Deng was held to 13 points against Indiana after scoring 57 in the previous two games, but grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside has worked his way back from injury and had 18 boards to go along with his 19 points in 41 minutes. Dwyane Wade played 39 minutes after missing the previous two games and had 16 points. Chris Bosh is dealing with an undisclosed medical condition that has kept him off the court for the last two weeks and Wade continues to be plagued by a sore knee, but Miami continues to roll along. The Heat are now the third seed in the East and are in first place in the Southeast Division. Tonight’s contest wouldn’t be easy with a 100% healthy squad as they have lost three straight to Golden State including a 111-103 setback in Oakland on January 11th.
Golden State’s seven game road trip hits game five tonight and with 50 wins, are the quickest team in NBA history to reach that mark. Monday’s 102-92 win in Atlanta was led by the two star guards – Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The pair combined for 63 points and hit 10-of-25 three-point attempts. Draymond Green continued his dominance on the boards while grabbing 14 more rebounds and has three-straight games of double-digit rebounds. The Warriors blew all of a 23-point lead to Atlanta before getting serious late in the fourth quarter. The quest for history will take them to Orlando tomorrow night before finishing the road trip in Oklahoma City on Saturday. The Warriors signed veteran C Anderson Varejao off waivers, but he has yet to make his team debut. Golden State remains the second-best offense in field goal percentage (48.7) and the same ranking on the defensive side (43.2).
Miami will probably hang around a little in this one, but they’re hurting right now and this Golden State team is just too good.
Pick: Warriors -8.5