Nobody expected the Heat to contend for a title without LeBron James, but the team is a lot better than the 8th seed in the East. Miami has injury issues with Chris Bosh and other valuable players. But the biggest problem is they have troubles winning at home. Their home record is 7-12 and is something they need to fix as soon as possible if they want to hang on that 8th or 7th spot in the East. Their most critical remaining games are home games, and most of them are winnable.
Miami Heat rank 5th in attendance at the American Airlines Center averaging 19,710 versus their 2013 season average of 19,982 which is only down 1.36%. On the road, the Heat is drawing and an average of 17,638 (92.6%) versus their 2013 season where their average was 19,090 a 7.60% drop. Miami Heat ticket prices for games at the American Airlines Center averaged $140.00 a ticket on the secondary market during the 2013-14 season and have fallen 31% currently to $96.00 per ticket on average.
Here is a look at the Top Five Heat Games Coming Up.
Pacers @ Heat, American Airlines Arena, January 23rd,
Starting price $33, Average price $79 (down -49.35%)
The Pacers beat the Heat twice this season, and are closing the gap for that last playoff spot. The Heat cannot tolerate losing at home from teams lower in the rankings, and if they want to turn the season around, they better start taking care of business at home. They will have few chances in January to do so. View all Heat vs Pacers Tickets for the American Airlines Arena.
Heat @ Pistons, The Palace of Auburn Hills, February 3rd,
Starting price $5, Average price $54 (down -43.15%)
The Pistons are the team that surges towards the playoffs. Since the Josh Smith trade, they have won seven in a row. This puts pressure on the Heat, who must secure their playoff spot by beating Detroit. They can start with the first matchup between the two that will be played in Detroit. View Detroit Piston tickets vs the Miami Heat at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Knicks @ Heat, American Airlines Arena, February 9th,
Starting price $41, Average price $146 (down -43.19%)
When you are fighting for a playoff spot, there is no place for sympathy. The Heat must take full advantage of the mess that is happening in New York and pile up some wins versus weak teams. A Knicks team without a legitimate threat outside Carmelo Anthony is an easy target, but sometimes, those targets can turn out to be bad surprises. Miami cannot afford that. View Heat vs Knicks tickets for the American Airlines Arena.
Heat @ Cavaliers, Quicken Loans Arena, February 11th,
Starting price $75, Average price $165 (down -24.24%)
From an emotional standpoint, it will be good for the Heat to get this over with. Lebron was in Miami, and the Heat won. Now, Miami will visit Lebron and his new looking Cavaliers team for the first time this season. While they might be friends off the court, it is evident that on the court, everything is different when these two teams meet. View Cavaliers Opening day tickets for the Quicken Loans Arena.
Lakers @ Heat, American Airlines Arena, March 4th,
Starting price $63, Average price $202 (down -37.84%)
The Lakers are another team that the Heat must beat both at home and on the road to stockpile some wins. But the Lakers pose a special treat, given the history of Dwayne Wade and Kobe Bryant and their epic duels. A few years ago, they were considered the best shooting guards in the league, and their head to head duels was beyond words. Aside from Kobe, the Lakers have some other interesting weapons, such as Boozer and Lin. View Heat vs Lakers Tickets for the American Airlines Arena.
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