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Miami Heat 2007 NBA Preview

by Thomas Jensen on Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Miami Heat 2007 NBA PreviewThe Miami Heat were a big disappointment in the playoffs last season. They weren’t able to coast in and win a title like they did the previous year. Find out if they can return to form in this 2007-08 Miami Heat predictions and season preview article for Point-Spreads.com. The oddsmakers at Bodog have made the Miami Heat 12 to 1 odds to win the 2007-08 NBA Championship.

As long as Shaq and Dwayne Wade are healthy, the Heat will be mentioned in the same sentence with NBA Finals contender. The problem is that Shaq has not been healthy for an entire season of late and Wade’s reckless style of play is conducive of nagging injuries. The Heat can never afford to be without Wade’s nearly 30 points per game and the space that Shaq eats up inside for long periods of time.

With that said, last season’s 4-0 loss to the Bulls in the playoffs was embarrassing and we feel it will light a fire under the Heat. Wade is still young and the taste he got of a title two season’s ago has him hungry for another one. And of course, Shaq wants as many titles as he can get to ensure his place in history as the greatest center of all time, which he feels he is. The Heat will have to get consistent production from Antoine Walker and Jason Williams also in order to make that title run. Williams needs to stay healthy as well. He has rounded into a very nice guard late in his career. He can score in bunches from the perimeter and understands how to get the hot hands the basketball.

The Heat are going to have to find a way to beat the younger, more athletic teams, like the Bulls, who gave them so much trouble last season. Hopefully, Smush Parker will give the Heat some much needed athletic ability and a consistent scorer from the guard position. With Jason Kapono now off to the Toronto Raptors, Smush is also going to be expected to provide the Heat with some much-needed outside shooting, as is Jason Williamns. With the way Kapono came on last season, I’m not so sure this is a guy the Heat should have parted with. Also, the Heat will have to adjust to life without defensive stopper James Posey who heads north to Bean Town to join that talented group.

Still, with Udonis Haslem, Shaq, D-Wade, Walker, and Williams, the Heat have as tough a lineup as there is in the East. It will be health which becomes their biggest opponent once again this season.


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