Can the Heat Get Hot in the Month of December?

The Miami Heat open their December schedule in a position that many did not think they would be after losing LeBron James. They also opened December with a loss to the Washington Wizards. The team is 9-8, and is 3rd in the Southeast Division. They also sit at the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. Miami started the season with a 5- 3 record, but Dwayne Wade went down for 7 games with a hamstring injury. Miami was without a second consistent scoring threat, and they went 3-4 without their emotional leader. The Heat start December with Wade in the lineup, and they will need him to improved their 22nd ranked scoring offense. Also, Miami has struggled to rebound effectively, and is 30th in the NBA with 36.9 rebounds per game. With the return of Wade, the Heat have an opportunity to make some noise in the month of December. However, Miami won’t be able to make that push without correcting the huge holes in their defense. Fans have been paying an average price of $193.38 to see Miami play this season, but during the first week of December with the exception of the Washington game, fans can see the team for an average of $87.59 on the secondary market.

12/03/14 vs. Atlanta Hawks| Average Price: $94.00| Get-in Price: $9.00

The Heat welcome the Atlanta Hawks to American Airlines Arena for an attempt at revenge against a division rival. Miami fell to Atlanta on the road by a score of 114- 103. Miami had major defensive issues, allowing 8 Hawks to finish the night in double-figures. Also, Atlanta power forward Paul Millsap and center Al Horford were able to exploit the Heat inside and combine for 38 points. If the Heat are to win this time around, Heat forward Chris Bosh will have to improve his efficiency after going 7-19 from the floor and 0-3 from the three-point line in the first meeting. Fans are paying $94.00 on average for this game, but you can get in to the stadium with Heat tickets going for as low as $9.00.

12/05/14 at Milwaukee Bucks| Average Price: $69.60| Get-in Price: $15.00

Miami travels to Milwaukee for another revenge match against Brandon Knight and the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee came to Miami and left with a 91-84 victory over the Heat. Knight dominated the Heat to a tune of 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Knight was also four of seven from the three-point line. In the previous matchup, Miami mightily struggled on the offensive end. Chris Bosh was only 2-17 from the field and one of six from beyond the arc. Small forward Luol Deng was almost as bad, making only three of his eleven shots. Look for Miami to improve those numbers, as Bosh has since emerged from his scoring slump. The Heat as a team was 41.1% from the floor, and can be expected to improve those numbers in this matchup. Fans are paying $69.60 for tickets to this game, but the get-in price is only $15.00 making this game one of the cheapest NBA tickets this week. This is the cheapest game of this stretch, and ticket prices have decreased 8% in the past 7 days.

12/07/15 at Memphis Grizzlies| Average Price: $98.88| Get-in Price: $8.00

The most expensive game of this stretch is also the toughest for the Miami Heat as they travel to Memphis to take on Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis is one of the best teams in the NBA. They own the Eastern Conference’s best record at 15-2, and are allowing the least amount of points per game in the NBA. The 2013 Defensive Player of the Year will pose a huge challenge for Miami on both sides of the floor, as he is averaging 20.1 points per game as well as 8.1 rebounds. Miami is going to have to find a way to contain Gasol and power forward Zach Randolph, who is averaging a double-double this season. Chris Bosh and the Miami big-men are going to have to play their best game of the season if they want to leave Memphis with a victory. Fans are paying $98.88 on average for this game, and prices have increased by 13% from a week ago. Luckily, you can get into the arena for $8.00, which is the lowest get-in price of this stretch.

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