The Miami Heat are tough to figure out.
Miami has won 19-of-23 games and sit just 1.5 games out of the seventh and eighth spots in the playoff race. The four losses have come to teams that are a combined 63 games under .500, including Orlando twice, while seven of the wins have been against teams a combined 143 wins above .500, including Houston, Atlanta and Cleveland home and away.
But one thing Miami has consistently done since this streak started Jan. 17 is win at home.
The Heat are 11-1 at AmericanAirlines Arena in the last seven weeks, a turnaround that mirrors the season. Miami won just five of its first 17 games to start the season.
“I think we did a good job of opening eyes (but) we got to continue to fly under the radar, keep piling these wins up and make that push,” Dion Waiters said. “We are going to have to battle and fight to get where we want to get to and leave it all out there.”
The Heat (30-34) is in position make up some ground in the playoff race if they can continue to protect their house. Of Miami’s next eight games, seven are at home. Of those, five are against teams with losing records, the exception being two games against Toronto.
Actually, considering how well Miami has played against winning teams that may not be a good thing.
It all starts Wednesday against Charlotte, which is just 1.5 games behind Miami in the Eastern Conference’s 11th spot. The lone road game is Sunday at Indiana, the No. 6 seed and just 2.5 games ahead of the Heat.
“Some games that are going to count for two, especially the Charlotte game,” Goran Dragic said. “It’s really important to come out strong, especially at home. We feel like we have established our home court. We have to take care of our business at home.”
Overall, the Heat have 18 games remaining, 11 at home.