Still nervous about the Heat
during the regular season -- hard to get motivated for the NBA's long grind once you got that ring. But we're dipping a toe tonight as Miami takes the road against Dallas at -5.5.
After a long home stretch, punctuated only by a one-nighter to the Wizards, the Heat will be on its first road trip since Nov. 9-17. That road trip started with a win, and a cover, at Atlanta -- and a 4-2 mark SU, 3-3 against the spread.
Since then, Miami's started to get in a better groove. The team, and especially LeBron,
realizes there's work to do. (Witness his postgame weight-room workout after the humiliating home loss to the Knicks.)
Often, veteran teams coming off a championship or long playoff run do better ATS on the road -- see the Lakers and Celtics in 2009-2010 -- and a road trip can actually be the place where they get it together. Fewer distractions, more of a siege mentality.
So, in goes the toe. Wish us BOL, and we'll let you know how the water feels away from South Beach.