Sunday night sees two giant franchises of the NBA face off.
Fresh from defeating one Los Angeles team in their last game, the Miami Heat prepare to host another as they welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to the AA Arena on Sunday night.
With LeBron James firing on all cylinders, the Heat will hope to continue their incredible 21-3 run at home so far this season, with the Lakers still desperately trying to fight their way back into play-off contention.
James, who is averaging 30.8 points and 72.9% from the field in his last four games, will take some stopping as Miami look to consolidate their spot at the top of the Eastern conference.
Currently on a four game winning streak, coach Erik Spoelstra will hope to keep the momentum going with James leading the charge.
Sunday night’s game is the last in a seven-game road trip for the Lakers, who have the chance to close it out with a 5-2 record should they win.
Somewhat rejuvenated in recent weeks with Kobe Bryant turning from scorer to provider, the Lakers have won seven of their last nine but haven’t looked particularly convincing throughout.
Coach Mike D’Antoni will hope his star man can deliver on Sunday, especially with Pau Gasol ruled out for the next two months and Dwight Howard still struggling with an on-going shoulder problem.
The last meeting between these two ended in a 99-90 win for the Heat, with James scoring a season-high 39. The Lakers committed 20 turnovers that night, and will need to cut that out of their game to avoid being overwhelmed by a Heat team so rapid on the fast break.
Will it be another win for LeBron and the Heat, or can the Lakers upset the odds?