LeBron James and the Miami Heat are chasing history by going after the Lakers 33-game win streak
The Miami Heat are in the middle of a historic run that could very well end with the longest winning streak in NBA history. Only a few shorts weeks ago, the thought of anyone challenging the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ winning streak seemed unthinkable. Winning 33 games in a row during this day and age seemed impossible.
The NBA is quicker, stronger and faster than it was 40 years ago, and the prevailing thought has been that the grind of winning 33 games in a row would be enough to derail any team’s chance at that record. Even Michael Jordan’s 72-10 Chicago Bulls—widely considered to be one of the top three teams in NBA history—only won 18 games in a row during that historic season.
The Heat are still a long way from breaking the over 40-year-old record—10 games is still so far away. However, by the way the team has been playing, no NBA fan would be surprised to see it happen. The oddsmakers at Sportsbook.ag have been following the streak closely and have a set of odds dealing with the next time Miami might lose.
Let’s take a closer look at the odds and try to predict the next time Miami might lose.
March 22 vs. Detroit: +1000
March 24 vs. Charlotte: +1200
March 25 at Orlando: +400
March 27 at Chicago: +300
March 29 at New Orleans: +1000
March 31 at San Antonio: +350
Any game in April: +450
No losses the rest of the season: +1500
Miami could lose any of these upcoming games—any team can play like their life depended on it, and steal a victory from the Heat. However, don’t expect Detroit or Charlotte (unless Jordan, himself, laced up—and even that probably wouldn't help) to end the streak.
The Heat’s games at Orlando and Chicago pose a bit of a threat, as Miami has struggled against Orlando all season, and there is a slight possibility that Derrick Rose could be back in a Bulls uniform by then. But don’t count on it. Miami should be able to get through both of those games.
The real test will come against the San Antonio Spurs at the end of the month on March 31st. Even if Tony Parker does not play, the Spurs still have a squad that should be able to end Miami’s streak at home. The best value in all those games is betting on the Spurs to end the streak at +350 or wagering on the Heat to lose in the month of April.