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**(((BASKET~BALL))***{{Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic }} Live Stream NBA Men's Basketball Watch Online FrEE TV On (( Monday,25th

Posted Mar 25 2013 10:20am

Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic: Preview, Analysis and Predictions
Maxwell Ogden
(Featured Columnist) on March 24, 2013

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In a battle between in-state rivals, the Miami Heat will take on the Orlando Magic. This will be the third of a four-game season series.

So who will emerge victorious with Miami's legendary 26-game winning streak on the line?

Entering the game, the Heat are 55-14 overall and 23-11 on the road. As previously stated, they've won 26 games in a row.

As for Orlando, they're 18-52 overall and 10-26 at home. They've won just six of their past 45 games and two of their past 13.

As we all know, however, rivalry games throw records out of the window.


Time: Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. EDT


Records: Miami Heat (55-14, 23-11 road) at Orlando Magic (18-52, 10-26 home)

Betting Line: Heat (-13)


Miami Heat Injury Report

Dwyane Wade, Sore Right Knee, Questionable


Orlando Magic Injury Report

Arron Afflalo, Right Hamstring Strain, Out

Glen Davis, Fractured Fifth Metatarsal, Out

Hedo Turkoglu, Suspension, Out

Nikola Vucevic, Concussion, Questionable


Key Storyline: Preserving the Streak

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Entering their March 25 game against the Orlando Magic, the Miami Heat have won 26 consecutive games. They're now seven games away from the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers' NBA record of 33 straight victories.

Can they take down their rivals to make it 27 straight wins?
This won't be as easy a task as the records may suggest. After all, these two teams have already played twice in 2012-13.

Miami's average margin of victory in those games is 1.5 points—a 112-110 overtime win and a 97-96 regulation victory.

In other words, the Heat are unlikely to run away with this win as the numbers might suggest they would. In fact, we're more likely to see a game that comes down to the wire.

After all, what's better for a young team than a streak-ending victory over their in-state rivals?
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