When the Miami Heat play their first home game of the 2017-18 season on Saturday night, they’ll be playing the Brooklyn Nets.
It will be their first time facing a team from the Eastern Conference, which will make things a bit more challenging for fans of other NBA teams.
For starters, the Nets play their home games on the road.
They’ll play only five other teams in the league, including the Lakers, Raptors, Hawks, and Cavaliers.
The Heat’s home games will also be played in Brooklyn, which is a little less than 20 miles from Miami.
And because the Heat play in the Eastern time zone, the team’s home schedule will be slightly more difficult than most.
The Nets will be playing in Brooklyn for the first time since March 15, 2018, when they played in Cleveland for the last time.
That game was the first game in Brooklyn since the Nets played the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center in 2016.
The first game of this year’s series will take place on Friday, March 25.
That will be the first date in the season for Brooklyn fans to get to see the Heat on the big stage in Brooklyn.
So, what can you expect from this Heat-Brooklyn game?
For starters—it’ll be a good game.
The Celtics and Nets played two games last year, one in Boston, and the other in Brooklyn to close out the season.
The game in Boston was a blowout win for the Celtics.
But the Nets lost that game, and they have never won a game at home.
Brooklyn’s season was also ended when they lost to the Clippers.
So they’ve had a long road to get this far in the NBA playoffs, and this game could provide a good test of the Nets’ resolve.
On paper, the Heat’s season is going to be a lot easier this year than it was a few years ago.
They’re already one of the NBA’s best teams.
They’ve been to three straight Eastern Conference finals, the last of which was in January of this season.
They will be looking to build on those success this year, as well as take another step in the race to the conference finals.
If they do that, they could easily finish the season in the top three of the Eastern conference.
The team’s defense is going a long way in the past couple of years.
In 2016-17, the defense improved a lot, as evidenced by their second-highest points allowed differential of the season (minus-15).
This season, the Celtics are ranked 13th in the entire league, and their defense is tied for the third-best mark in the East.
Miami’s defense was also ranked eighth in the conference last season, and that was the season that the Heat won the East by a single game.
This year, the Cavaliers have improved their defense a lot.
They were ranked 12th in points allowed per possession last season.
That was the worst mark of the entire season.
Cleveland will also need to continue to improve their defense, as it did in 2016-18.
Cleveland ranked eighth last season in points against per possession, and it ranked eighth this season, giving up an average of 111.6 points per game.
So Cleveland is going back to the drawing board.
This will be a new start for the Heat, and a new challenge for the Nets, who will be hoping that they can make a dent in the Heat in the playoffs.
What to expect from the Nets on Saturday, March 24 The Nets are a very tough team to beat.
Their defense is one of their strengths, and having a top-five defense can be very helpful.
They also rank fourth in the defensive rating of teams in a given game.
But that doesn’t mean that their defense isn’t effective.
They have the fourth-best offense in the West, with the sixth-best defense in the Western Conference.
That’s not to say that the Nets will score every time they shoot the ball.
That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to make every shot.
But when they make their shots, they are very efficient.
Last season, Brooklyn ranked third in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (1.0).
The Heat is one half of a four-man unit, and last season they made an average 4.3 3-point attempts per game per game, which was third-highest in the country.
This season they’ve shot just 2.3 fewer 3-points per game this year.
But their defense will definitely be a factor, as the Nets have made the most 3-balls per game in the Big East.
And this will be just the third time that they’ve faced the Heat this season—the first being the game in Chicago in February.
Last year, they faced the Bulls on March 6.
They won that game by 15.5 points, and then the Heat lost in overtime to the Bulls.
This time, they face the Heat twice—