Heat 2013-14 Schedule: Month-by-Month Listings, Predictions and More

Alex KayCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2013

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Now that the 2013-14 NBA schedule has been released via NBA.com, the Miami Heat can clearly see the road they must travel back to the playoffs and toward a possible three-peat.

The back-to-back defending champions are poised for another incredible campaign in South Beach. All the key pieces are back, with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and most of the supporting cast returning for a chance to become one of the all-time great dynasties.

It’s going to be more difficult than ever before, as the bull's-eye on their backs has grown bigger and every opponent will try harder to derail their title chances.

Will the Heat wilt under the pressure, or will they rise to the occasion and secure the top seed in order to make the road to a third straight title easier?

Keep reading for a prediction on Miami’s 2013-14 record, plus the top games to watch during the season and more.

2013-14 Miami Heat Schedule


Tue 29vs Chicago Bulls
8:00 p.m.
Wed 30@ Philadelphia 76ers7:00 p.m.


Fri 1@ Brooklyn Nets8:00 p.m.
Sun 3vs Washington Wizards6:00 p.m.
Tue 5@ Toronto Raptors7:00 p.m.
Thu 7vs L.A. Clippers7:00 p.m.
Sat 9vs Boston Celtics7:30 p.m.
Tue 12vs Milwaukee Bucks7:30 p.m.
Fri 15vs Dallas Mavericks7:30 p.m.
Sat 16@ Charlotte Bobcats7:00 p.m.
Tue 19vs Atlanta Hawks7:30 p.m.
Wed 20@ Orlando Magic7:00 p.m.
Sat 23vs Orlando Magic7:30 p.m.
Mon 25vs Phoenix Suns7:30 p.m.
Wed 27@ Cleveland Cavaliers7:30 p.m.
Fri 29@ Toronto Raptors7:00 p.m.


Sun 1vs Charlotte Bobcats6:00 p.m.
Tue 3vs Detroit Pistons7:30 p.m.
Thu 5@ Chicago Bulls9:30 p.m.
Sat 7@ Minnesota Timberwolves8:00 p.m.
Sun 8@ Detroit Pistons6:00 p.m.
Tue 10@ Indiana Pacers7:00 p.m.
Sat 14vs Cleveland Cavaliers7:30 p.m.
Mon 16vs Utah Jazz7:30 p.m.
Wed 18vs Indiana Pacers7:00 p.m.
Fri 20vs Sacramento Kings7:30 p.m.
Mon 23vs Atlanta Hawks7:30 p.m.
Wed 25@ L.A. Lakers5:00 p.m.
Fri 27@ Sacramento Kings10:00 p.m.
Sat 28@ Portland Trail Blazers10:00 p.m.
Mon 30@ Denver Nuggets9:00 p.m.


Thu 2vs Golden State Warriors7:30 p.m.
Sat 4@ Orlando Magic7:00 p.m.
Sun 5vs Toronto Raptors6:00 p.m.
Tue 7vs New Orleans Pelicans7:30 p.m.
Thu 9@ New York Knicks8:00 p.m.
Fri 10@ Brooklyn Nets8:00 p.m.
Wed 15@ Washington Wizards7:00 p.m.
Fri 17@ Philadelphia 76ers7:00 p.m.
Sat 18@ Charlotte Bobcats7:00 p.m.
Mon 20@ Atlanta Hawks5:30 p.m.
Tue 21vs Boston Celtics7:30 p.m.
Thu 23vs L.A. Lakers8:00 p.m.
Sun 26vs San Antonio Spurs1:00 p.m.
Wed 29vs Oklahoma City Thunder7:00 p.m.


Sat 1@ New York Knicks8:30 PM
Mon 3vs Detroit Pistons7:30 PM
Wed 5@ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM
Sat 8@ Utah Jazz9:00 PM
Tue 11@ Phoenix suns9:00 PM
Wed 12@ Golden State Warriors
10:30 PM
Tue 18@ Dallas Mavericks8:30 PM
Thu 20@ Oklahoma City Thunder8:00 PM
Sun 23vs Chicago Bulls3:30 PM
Thu 27vs New York Knicks8:00 PM


Sat 1vs Orlando Magic7:30 PM
Mon 3vs Charlotte Bobcats7:30 PM
Tue 4@ Houston Rockets8:00 PM
Thu 6@ San Antonio Spurs8:00 PM
Sun 9@ Chicago Bulls1:00 PM
Mon 10vs Washington Wizards7:30 PM
Wed 12vs Brooklyn Nets7:00 PM
Fri 14vs Denver Nuggets
7:30 PM
Sun 16vs Houston Rockets3:30 PM
Tue 18@ Cleveland Cavaliers7:00 PM
Wed 19@ Boston Celtics7:30 PM
Fri 21vs Memphis Grizzlies7:30 PM
Sat 22@ New Orleans Pelicans8:00 PM
Mon 24vs Portland Trail Blazers7:30 PM
Wed 26@ Indiana Pacers8:00 PM
Fri 28@ Detroit Pistons7:30 PM
Sat 29@ Milwaukee Bucks8:30 PM
Mon 31vs Toronto Raptors7:30 PM


Wed 2vs Milwaukee Bucks7:30 PM
Fri 4vs Minnesota Timberwolves7:30 PM
Sun 6vs New York Knicks1:00 PM
Tue 8vs Brooklyn Nets8:00 PM
Wed 9@ Memphis Grizzlies8:00 PM
Fri 11vs Indiana Pacers7:30 PM
Sat 12@ Atlanta Hawks7:30 PM
Mon 14@ Washington Wizards7:00 PM
Wed 16vs Philadelphia 76ers8:00 PM

Most Intriguing Matchups

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs

When: Sunday, January 26th at 1 p.m.

The Heat nearly had their championship dreams ruined in Game 6 by the San Antonio Spurs, but they ultimately engineered one of the best comebacks in the history of the league to force a decisive Game 7.

As you know, Miami went on to win that contest and claim its second Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy in as many years.

The epic series cemented a rivalry that will definitely continue into the future, especially with all the stars on both sides returning for another run.

While the stakes are lower in this matchup, expect to see much of the same intensity that made the 2013 finals so special.

Tim Duncan and Chris Bosh will be battling down low, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are going toe-to-toe with Dwyane Wade and the Heat backcourt, while LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard will engage in one-on-one combat, plus much, much more.

These teams brought out the best in one another this past spring and that should only continue in this regular-season matchup. 

Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls

When:Tuesday, October 29th at 8 p.m.

The Bulls left a bitter taste in Heat fans’ mouths last season after they snapped Miami’s epic 27-game win streak, stopping the club from making history by besting the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ 33-game record.

Chicago managed to stop what seemed to be an unstoppable object without the force that is Derrick Rose, who will be returning at the start of the 2013-14 campaign and breathing new life into this rivalry.

Ever since the 2011 conference finals, these two sides have been bitter enemies that consistently fight for control of the East.

While Miami won out handily last year—largely thanks to D-Rose’s absence due to a torn ACL—it won’t be the same story for the upcoming campaign.

Expect a season-long struggle for the No. 1 seed and the matchups between the Heat and Bulls to be amongst the most exciting in the league.

You certainly won’t want to miss this particular showdown between the two longtime enemies in what is sure to be a thrilling season opener for both teams.

Predicted 2013-14 Record for Miami Heat: 63-19

It’s going to be close, but the Heat will finish their second straight season with the best record in the Association.

That was absolutely critical to their success last year, as having home-court advantage through the finals proved to be necessary.

The squad won both the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers and the championship series against San Antonio in Game 7 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Coach Erik Spoelstra will drill that fact into his players' heads and get them to compete hard on a nightly basis in order to secure that same advantage next spring.

While Chicago and a few other contenders will give Miami a run for its money, the defending champs ultimately have the most talent and the veteran savvy to get it done.



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