17-18 HEAT Playoff Push

Now entering the final six weeks of the regular season, the HEAT are in the thick of another Playoff Push. Below, HEAT.com highlights Miami’s run through the East on a week-to-week basis as they look to cement their spot in the post season. ‘Last Four / Next Four’ identifies teams closest to the HEAT in the NBA Standings and highlights important details that may impact Miami’s ultimate results.

Last Four / Next Four: (3/13/18)

– The Pacers have pushed themselves into the upper half of the standings with a 3-1 week and now hold a half-game edge over the Cavaliers for the three seed. Indiana also holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Cleveland (3-1) heading into the final weeks of the season.

– The Cavaliers are the only team among the six below with three games on the road over their next four, making stops in Phoenix, Portland and Chicago before returning home to host Milwaukee the following Monday. Conversely, the 76ers face three of their next four at home, where they are 20-10 on the season.

– With wins over the 76ers and Wizards this past week, the HEAT have evened the season series against both teams at 2-2. The tiebreaker for playoff seeding against them potentially moves to conference record vs. Philadelphia (22-17), who currently holds a slight edge in the loss column over Miami (25-18), and division record vs. Washington (8-6) where Miami (9-5) currently leads with fewer losses.

– The HEAT also hold a 3-0 head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bucks, who are currently within a half-game of one another.

Check out the infographic below for more details:

Miami HEAT Playoff Push Last 4, Next 4 (3/13/18)

Looking for previous HEAT Playoff Push breakdowns? Find them below.

Last Four / Next Four: (3/7/18)

– Entering Wednesday, the fourth through eighth seeds in the East are separated by just three-and-a-half games.

– The HEAT in particular have an opportunity to close the gap against the 76ers Thursday and the Wizards Saturday, finishing the season series with both teams over the next two games.

– All the teams listed below with the exception of Washington and Philadelphia have at least two games at home and two on the road this week. Washington in particular has a tough road ahead with two back-to-backs in a six day span.

– The 76ers and Pacers had the best stretch of games among the teams below over the previous week, each going 3-1 and solidifying their positioning in the standings. The Wizards and Bucks on the other hand slid, each going 1-3 in the same window.

Check out the infographic below for more details:

Miami HEAT Playoff Push Last 4, Next 4 (3/7/18)

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