The Miami Heat don’t have a long way to go to match one of the most unbreakable records in NBA history.
The 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers won 33 straight games in the regular season. Now, the Heat are just six wins away from tying the mark.
Since the winning streak began on Feb. 3, Miami has dominated the rest of the league. Most of their victories have been by double-digits, and only a handful of times were the team in real jeopardy of losing a game.
One of Miami’s most impressive victories came on Feb. 21 against the Chicago Bulls. Against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, the Heat won easily, picking up a 19-point victory on the road. It was Miami’s lowest scoring output (86) of the streak. However, they beat the Bulls at their own game, allowing just 67 points to Chicago.
On Wednesday night, the Bulls get a chance for redemption as they host the Heat. The contest is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Viewers can watch a free live stream online at espn3.com.
Chicago is on a two-game winning streak of its own, but they’ve done so without one of their top stars. Since Derrick Rose has missed the entire season with an ACL injury, Joakim Noah has become the team’s best player. He’s sat out the last two games with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He’s listed as a game-time decision.
Mario Belinelli is also a game-time decision. Like Noah, he practiced on Tuesday.
For Miami, Dwyane Wade has been banged up recently. The Chicago native has also missed the past two games with an injury. He is expected to suit up against his hometown team.
It hasn’t mattered much who LeBron James has played with this season. Even in games that Wade or Chris Bosh have been forced to sit out, the three-time MVP has been the league’s best player by far. In the past five games, James is just 1.2 rebounds per game shy of averaging a triple-double.
Despite their dominance, Miami has had a few close calls of late. In two of their past five wins, they’ve had to overcome deficits of 17 and 27 points.
Even on the road against a playoff team, the consensus betting line in Las Vegas has Miami favored by six points. The Heat will likely be favored in every game for the remainder of the season.
Prediction: Miami 90, Chicago 80