Programming note: Heat-Warriors coverage starts tonight at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and streaming on Live Extra
OAKLAND – One night after coasting to victory over the Jazz in Utah, the Warriors return home for the briefest of moments Wednesday night against the Heat.
The Warriors (30-5) are seeking their eighth successive win overall, as well as their 15th win on a row at Oracle Arena, which would tie a franchise record for consecutive home victories.
The Heat (17-21), coming off a Tuesday night win over the Lakers in Los Angeles, have been better on the road (10-9) this season than a home (7-12)
Warriors by 12
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Draymond Green vs. Chris Bosh -- Though Andrew Bogut and Bosh are listed as opposing centers, Bosh tends to play more like a forward. As he ventures out to the perimeter, it's Green or even Harrison Barnes that likely will follow him.
Andrew Bogut vs. Hassan Whiteside -- Though Whiteside does not start, he has been surprisingly solid off the bench: 14.6 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last five games. The 7-footer from Marshall is playing so well his D-League days may be over.
Klay Thompson vs. Dwyane Wade -- After an early departure in Tuesday night's game against the Lakers, Wade is listed as questionable. There is no doubt if suits up he'll draw Thompson. Given Wade's condition, the Warriors have a clear advantage.
KEYS TO VICTORY
1) Focus and stay focused -- The Warriors sometimes invite trouble whenever they put on their casual shoes against inferior teams, a descripting befitting the Heat.
2) Start the engines -- As the most consistently good running team in the NBA, the Warriors are capable of setting a pace the Heat can't dream of matching.
3) Own the glass -- The Warriors sometimes are vulnerable to second-chance points. That should not be an issue with Miami, the worst rebounding team in the league.
Warriors 8-2. Heat 4-6.
Warriors -- C Festus Ezeli (sprained left ankle) is listed as out.
Heat -- G Dwyane Wade (left hamstring strain) is listed as questionable. F Josh McRoberts (right meniscus surgery) is listed as out.
In the wake of a six-game losing streak against Miami, the Warriors have won four of the last six meetings. The Warriors have lost eight of the last 10 meetings at Oracle.