The Miami Heat have a chance at beating the Houston Astros, according to ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh.
Haberstrokeh reports the Heat have been linked to Boston Celtics center Jae Crowder.
This is a big one.
The Rockets have a solid starting lineup that can score.
And they’re going to need the help of the All-Star forward to come away with the win.
So the Heat could have a shot to make up ground, especially if they can’t find Crowder for the second half.
This is a huge game for both teams.
The Heat are coming off of a thrilling win over the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Celtics have been a legitimate threat to win games this season.
They’ll look to rebound against the Rockets, who are coming in on a three-game losing streak.
Houston has scored 105.3 points per game over its last five, but its defense has been lacking this season and the Rockets have had issues scoring in the fourth quarter.
Houston should be able to get the ball back quickly.
They’ve got three of their last four opponents under 30 points, so they could get a few buckets early.
The Heat could also be looking to get back into the game.
They’re 6-0 against the Houston franchise, and they’ve won seven of their past eight games.
They might need to come out with more of a spark to get a win, especially since the Rockets are coming into the series with a losing record.
As we mentioned above, Houston’s offense has been atrocious, averaging an NBA-worst 35.3 percent shooting over its first eight games this year.
The team has a .416 field goal percentage in that span, so it could be time for some offense to start rolling.