Miami Heat: 5 Bold Predictions for the Rest of the Season

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IMarch 2, 2012

Miami Heat: 5 Bold Predictions for the Rest of the Season

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    People can try to make a case that the Miami Heat aren't the best team in the NBA, but the Heat certainly look like it at the moment.

    Not only does Miami average the most points per game with 103.8, but their defense is also on the rise and sits at 14th in the NBA right now (94.3 points against). 

    With the Heat, no prediction is really too bold thanks to the high expectations in South Beach.

    Let's take a look at five bold predictions for the rest of the year. 

LeBron James Wins MVP

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    Considering that LeBron James has won the MVP Award two times already, this prediction may not seem completely out of the ball park.

    However, James does play next to Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. You would think that these two would eat up some of James' looks. Plus, Wade is usually an MVP-caliber player, so some of the votes may go to him.

    Not this year, though.

    LeBron is averaging 27.7 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game and 6.8 assists per game. He is arguably having the best season of his career, and and the Heats' record definitely reflects this at 28-7.

LeBron Averages 30 or More Points

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    James has already averaged 30 or more points twice in his career. If he was still in Cleveland, he could probably achieve close to 35 points per game, but he's not.

    James is already averaging 27.7 points per game, so he isn't too far off the mark. 

    It's crazy to think that LeBron can average 30 points when there are two other All-Stars on the team, but that is how good he is. 

Big 3 All Average 20 or More Points

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    Just like the Kentucky Wildcats in this year's NCAA tournament, LeBron James is an absolute lock for this category. Dwayne Wade, too.

    The problem lies in Chris Bosh. It's not like he is a bad player or anything like that; the Heat just don't need Bosh to put up 20 points per game. That does not mean he is incapable of it, though. In fact, Bosh's season high is 35 points.

    Bosh is already averaging 18.4 points per game, and 20 surely isn't out of the question. 

Heat Have 10 Losses or Less

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    For this to happen, the Heat can only lose, at the very most, three more games. For this to happen, the Heat would have to match the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls' loss total. For this to happen, Miami would have to play absolutely flawless the rest of the season.

    Miami is on a nine-game winning streak, though, and they don't look like they are going to slip up anytime soon. Did I mention that all nine of these games have been double-digit victories?

    Miami lost only two games in the month of February. There are two months of the regular season left, so the Heat have to be on fire for the duration of the season. 

    Like I said earlier in this article, Miami is the No. 1 offense in the NBA, and its defense isn't too shabby either, at 14th in the league.

    The Heat are good. Maybe even good enough to record 10 losses or less on the season.  

Heat Win the NBA Championship

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    Miami was just one game away from winning it all last year. I doubt this happens again this season, because LeBron James and the Miami Heat are on a mission to win it all.

    There are way too many naysayers out there that think James is a dud in the fourth quarter, especially come playoff time. He will prove them all wrong this year by getting his first ring.

    LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh—the sky is the limit with those three. However, Miami also has Mario Chalmers, who is definitely coming along this season, with 11.1 points per game. They have an amazing three-point shooter in James Jones. The Heat have great defenders in Shane Battier and Joel Anthony. 

    Outside of the Big Three, this team really does have some talent. 

    Miami wins the NBA championship this year. 

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