NBA Game of the Day – 3/13/12 – Heat at Magic

(AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

Miami Heat at Orlando Magic

3/13/12

7:00 PM Eastern time / 4:00 PM Pacific time

Amway Center  in Orlando, FL

TV: NBA TV (216 directv)

Line: Miami Heat -4.5

2011-12 Records:

Miami Heat: 31-9 (1st in Eastern Conference)

Orlando Magic: 27-15 (3rd in Eastern Conference)

Record vs. each other: Tied 1-1

Players of interest:

Miami Heat: Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh

Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard

Why you want to watch:

On a night where there are a few good match-ups on the NBA schedule, the Heat/Magic game takes top billing. Both teams are coming into this game on a roll. The Magic are coming in on a 2 game winning streak and having won 4 of the last 5 games including an impressive win at Chicago. The Magic are surprisingly holding on strong to the  3rd spot in the Eastern conference despite the swirling trade rumors regarding Dwight Howard surrounding the team. The Heat come into tonight’s game on a 3 game winning streak and having won 12 of their last 14. In the month of February the Heat posted an impressive 16 and 4 record. The Heat are currently tied with Chicago for the top record in the Eastern conference and a very comfortable 5 game lead ahead of 3rd place Orlando.

Although it is much tougher to win on the road it shouldn’t be too much of a factor for the Heat who are coming in well rested as they haven’t played since Saturday’s win in Miami over the Indiana Pacers and are making a relatively short flight from Miami to Orlando.