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Now that the NFL Picks
season is over we move on to some 2012 March Madness Picks
, 2012 March Madness Odds
and NBA Picks
. THE STORY: The Miami Heat open a challenging three-game road trip against Eastern Conference contenders by visiting the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. Miami has the second-best record in the conference and faces Orlando (third best), the Chicago Bulls (top record, Wednesday) and the Philadelphia 76ers (fourth, Friday) before returning home to face the Magic again Sunday. Orlando trails Miami by five games in the Southeast Division and could tighten up the race by sweeping the two games against the Heat.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV, SunSports (Heat), FS Florida (Magic)
ABOUT THE HEAT (31-9): Miami endured narrow escapes in its last two 2012 NBA Odds
contests – defeating the Atlanta Hawks by three points and needing to go into overtime before notching a two-point 2012 MLB Odds
win against the Indiana Pacers. Dwyane Wade hit the game-winning basket with one-tenth of a second left in the extra session and LeBron James made the game-tying 3-pointer in regulation time. The close calls raised Miami’s record to 6-2 in 2012 NBA Picks
games decided by five points or less. The Heat were 6-14 in such games last season.
ABOUT THE MAGIC (27-15): The NBA trading deadline is Thursday and that means the situation involving center Dwight Howard will be at least tentatively cleared up. The daily speculation has worn on coach Stan Van Gundy and Orlando is known to be scouring offers. But it remains unclear whether the franchise will deal Howard by the deadline or gamble on a deep playoff run being enough to entice him to stay put. Howard is averaging 21.1 points and a league-leading 15.0 rebounds. Don't miss out on 2012 March Madness Picks
1. The teams have split two 2012 NBA Predictions
meetings this season – Howard had 25 points and 24 rebounds in Orlando’s win and Wade had a game-high 27 points in Miami’s victory.
2. Heat forward LeBron James has 17 2012 NBA Predictions
games of more than 30 points but is averaging only 21.0 points in two games against the Magic.
3. Magic guard Jason Richardson (ankle) hopes to return after missing Sunday’s game against Indiana.
: Heat 96, Magic 92