Miami is the only legitimate playoff contender left on the Nets' remaining schedule, so tonight could be a tune-up game for both teams before the postseason gets started.
Before the 2013-14 NBA season began, the Heat had won the last 13 consecutive matchups between these two teams. But with a win tonight, Brooklyn would earn a four-game season sweep against Miami for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
In the LeBron James era, Miami's always been a team that coasts at times in the regular season but always find a way to rack up the intensity in the "second season."
The Heat are sitting in the driver's seat for the top seed in the East, a game ahead of the Pacers. With home court on the line as the regular season winds down, expect a very motivated Miami team tonight.
Key Matchup: Any time you play the Heat, priority number one is always slowing down LeBron James. Brooklyn will probably play defense by committee on the four-time MVP, with Paul Pierce leading the way. The rivalry between the two stars has always made for great basketball, and this year's been no different.
In the three wins against the Heat this season, the rejuvenated Pierce is averaging 23.7 points per game on 53.8% shooting, including 47.1% from behind the arc.
Player to Watch: Deron Williams can set a new single-season Nets franchise record if he's able to record a steal tonight. D-Will has at least one steal in 26 consecutive games, the longest streak in the NBA this season. The last Nets player to reach that mark was none other than Jason Kidd, who did it back in the 2001-02 season.