The streaking Miami Heat's crucial match up with Chicago will be live on ESPN along with the Denver Nuggets, battling the improved Brooklyn Nets this week.[caption id="attachment_15097" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images[/caption]
CHICAGO BULLS VS MIAMI HEATTime & Date: Thursday 28th March from The United Center Coverage: LIVE on ESPN & ESPN HD at 11:00am AEDT (See TV Guide for other games and times) This has been the game that many have touted to be the downfall of Miami's glorious win streak. With so many teams below .500 making up the 24+ victories, Chicago at home seems to be the streak buster. There's no way of knowing when this streak will end until all 48 minutes have been played, as a 27 point Cleveland Cavaliers lead over Miami wasn't enough last Thursday. As it stands right now the season series is tied at 1-1. The Bulls won 96-89 in January to hand Miami their 3rd loss in 5 games, while the Heat got them back in February which was win 9 of this current Heat streak. A Derrick Rose sighting at the Point Guard position would make make this one of the games of the year. Watch For: LeBron James Nobody can keep the man down. He started ever so slowly in the Cavaliers game, and finished the game with a triple-double! Luol Deng has got his work cut out for him.
BROOKLYN NETS VS PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERSTime & Date: Thursday 28th March from The Bradley Center Coverage: LIVE on ESPN & ESPN HD at 1:30pm AEDT (See TV Guide for other games and times) The Portland Trail Blazers are a confusing bunch. Some nights they'll come out on fire as Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge will all make shots, while other nights it can get ugly. The offence is lost and Portland seem to brick a lot of 3's. That's what's separating them from being a playoff team as they're relying heavily on jump shots like the Golden State Warriors did a couple of years ago. That tactic will play right into Brooklyn's hands. Reggie Evans can grab 20 boards a night and can physically lock Portland down. If Deron Williams or Joe Johnson get hot at home they'll need lots of luck to stop them. Watch For: LaMarcus Aldridge Aldridge is the most consistent player for the Blazers. While he regularly shoots jumpers from mid range and in the post, the key is regularly. He's got the shot perfected and can be relied on to win with that play from the post.
BROOKLYN NETS VS DENVER NUGGETSTime & Date: Saturday 30th March from The Bradley Center Coverage: LIVE on ESPN & ESPN HD at 12:00pm AEDT (See TV Guide for other games and times) A team that is drastically changing the shape of the Western Conference playoff picture is the Denver Nuggets. The same can also be said about the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference. Both are hitting top gear on the court as the wins are starting to pile up and the playoff positioning gets better and better. Both guaranteed their playoff berth for 2012-13 last Thursday but they're not done yet. Denver currently sits 5th in the west, only half a game out of 3rd place. Their schedule is more favourable than the Clippers and Grizzlies to finish the season so a 3rd spot for the Nuggets doesn't seem so far fetched. The Nets are 4th in the east, only 2 games back on second placed Indiana. The #2 seed in the east is far from secure and Brooklyn will do everything within their power to attain that position. Watch For: Andre Miller When taking down the Oklahoma City Thunder last week Andre Miller was the man. In the back end of the 4th he took over at 37 years young, almost finishing with a triple-double in under 30 minutes action.
These are the games you can catch on ESPN Australia via Foxtel this week. Which win streak will end first, Miami's or Denver's?