Brooklyn Nets Versus Miami Heat Preview


Will the Brooklyn Nets get their first win of the season over the Miami Heat on Sunday?

The Brooklyn Nets(16-16) travel to Miami on Sunday to take on the blistering cold Miami Heat(14-20) at the American Airlines Arena. The Nets have won six of their last seven games while Miami has lost five games in a row including a 115-79 rout against the Houston Rockets on Saturday. The Nets last game was on Friday against the Magic and although Brooklyn got the victory there was a sour taste in their mouth after the game. The Nets had a 26 point lead late in the third quarter and the Magic narrowed it down to a three point deficit with 29.3 seconds left. The Nets managed to hold on but after the game it was clear that the players were aware that they need to do a better job of closing games out. The Nets will look to make it four wins in a row against the Heat on Sunday.

Key Matchup: Mason Plumlee Versus Chris Bosh

Mar 12, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Mason Plumlee (1) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mason Plumlee

has played tremendous basketball for the Nets since being inserted into the starting lineup. In the Nets last game against the Magic, Plumlee had 18 points and 9 rebounds to help lead Brooklyn to victory and games like that are starting to become a common occurrence for Plumlee. Plumlee can go to work on both ends of the floor and the perfect example of that happened on Friday. Watch Plumlee block a shot on one end and finish in transition on the other end.

Plumlee’s athleticism is what makes him so productive and he will have his hands full against Miami dealing with nine time All Star

Chris Bosh

. Bosh has a polished post game and he has the ability to hurt you from mid range and from the three point line. Bosh is also one of the most clutch players in the NBA and he showed the Nets that clutch gene in the postseason last year.

This matchup is one to watch for and both of these players are impact players for their respective teams. Bosh carries a chunk of Miami’s offensive load while Plumlee’s hustle and athleticism makes him so important for Brooklyn.

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Prediction: Brooklyn Nets 96 Miami Heat 94

Although the Nets are well rested and have been in Miami for over a day now, I can’t see the Heat getting blown out two nights in a row. Miami will be angry and playing with a chip on their shoulder, but down the stretch when the game is close that extra day of rest will benefit Brooklyn. It will be very close, but in the end I see Brooklyn coming out on top with the win and getting their first win against the Heat all year after sweeping them last season.

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