The Rockets have only won once in Miami in the last ten years.
Last season, the Rockets (outside of James Harden) laid an egg in Miami, and Kevin McHale made a comment about how “it’s always something with the Rockets in Miami.” That was a poorly-veiled jab at Harden’s lifestyle choices, but Harden was the only Rocket that seemed to try in that contest, getting a 40-point triple double.
The Rockets played last night in Brooklyn, so it’s unlikely that the team was out clubbing super late. Plus, the team is older and more mature than last year’s squad.
Meanwhile, the Heat were idle yesterday, so they’ll be well-rested when the teams meet tonight. Goran Dragic missed the first meeting last month, and James Johnson kills the Rockets like he’s the successor to the Thaddeus Young throne.
I expect the Rockets to be tired, and sans Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson, I think Miami gets the edge here. Still, the Heat have dropped four straight after climbing to within a game of third place, so they’re ready to get back on track.
Tip-off is at 6:30pm CT
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