Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 3/24/13
There are currently two win streaks of 15 or more games going on in the NBA right now, which is just crazy to think about this late in the season. The pressure is on for Playoff positioning and both the Heat and the Nuggets have lots and lots to play for. These win streaks have served two very different purposes. Miami is on a 25-game win streak and goes for number 26 tonight against Charlotte. The Heat will do so without Dwyane Wade who will miss tonight's game with a sore knee. Not good news for Miami if the team wants to continue the second longest win streak in NBA history. However, the deed has been done for Miami. The Heat were 29-14 on Feb. 1 when they lost to the Pacers. They held a half game lead over the Knicks for the top spot in the East and home court advantage to the Finals. Twenty-five games later, Miami has a ton of breathing room. The Heat are 12 games ahead of the Knicks and Pacers for home court throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs and are two games away from clinching that mark. Miami also has a 1.5 game lead on San Antonio for home court throughout the Playoffs. This may be a minor thing to a team defending a championship, but it is not insignificant. There is still something for the Heat to play for besides going for the record. As for the Nuggets, they have a franchise-record 15-game win streak going and it has helped them climb to third in the West. When the streak started, Denver was fifth in the conference. The win streak has helped the Nuggets pass the Clippers and the Grizzlies. The Nuggets can say they are challenging the Thunder too, sitting 2.5 games behind them for the second seed. Denver is 32-3 at home this year and so gaining home court advantage in the Playoffs is a must if the team wants to get out of the first round for the first time since 2009. That is all down the road. Right now, the work is done for these two teams to reshape the standings to their advantage. And there is only a little season left for everyone else to catch up. [follow]

This article first appeared on Crossover Chronicles and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Browns bench DeShone Kizer again, bring in Cody Kessler

Bills fans boo team off field after hatchet job to end half

NBA fines Kyrie Irving $25,000 for 'inappropriate language' to fan

Carson Palmer leaves Week 7 game with arm injury

Mets reportedly naming Mickey Callaway manager

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Dwyane Wade admits he is struggling to find role with Cavaliers

Ravens' Mike Wallace ruled out with concussion

Why the Bears have found their quarterback in Trubisky

Colts botching Luck injury in the worst way possible

Report: NFL moving closer to having ‘Social Awareness Month’

Report: Marcus Peters to testify in Marshawn Lynch suspension appeal

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Most prominent sports bans on the 5th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong ban

Houston Astros hold off Yankees, forcing Game 7

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker