Out of the thirteen games on Friday, the Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets matchup seems like the most intriguing one. Sure, the Dallas Mavericks – Houston Rockets game will be exciting. Yes, the Detroit Pistons – Memphis Grizzlies game should be a quality game, but it is nothing like Heat – Nets. From the all-around talent on the court to the animosity off of it, these two teams are quickly forming into rivals.
Both squads are coming off losses to inferior teams. On Wednesday night, the Miami Heat were defeated by the Philadelphia 76ers… I repeat, by THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS. Philly started off the game on a 19-0 run and eventually won 114-110. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams dazzled with 22 points, 12 assists, 9 steals and 7 rebounds en route to the upset. LeBron James scored 25 points for the Heat, adding 13 assists as well.
The Brooklyn Nets lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. In Mike Brown’s first game back in Cleveland, Kyrie Irving‘s Cavs won 98-94 victory over the remolded Nets. The 2011 Rookie of the Year dropped 15 points and dished out 7 assists while grabbing down 7 rebounds. Brook Lopez paced the Nets with 21 points, also recording 5 rebounds.
This game will allow for a small sample size of whether the Brooklyn Nets are serious contenders or not. After acquiring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics, the Nets were immediately brought into the conversation of top teams in the Eastern Conference. It will also be interesting to see how the Heat handle adversity after their embarrassing loss on Wednesday night.
Brooklyn certainly has a lot of talent and numerous years of experience on their team, but the Miami Heat are simply too good. They will beat the Nets and prove that the 76ers game was a mere fluke.
Miami Heat, 98 – Brooklyn Nets, 89
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
National TV: ESPN
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