The Miami Heat’s playoff hopes might be on life support as they sit eight games under .500 with a banged up Dwyane Wade, but the good news is their remaining 30-game schedule is the easiest in the Association, via ESPN.READ MORE: FBI: Body Found Near Search Area For Missing Florida Woman Gabby Petito Consistent With Her Description
Speaking of strength of schedule, take a look at the Heat’s slate going forward. Just 13 of their next 30 games are on the road. Of those 13, just five are against teams currently in a playoff spot…READ MORE: Massive Search Underway For Brian Laundrie, Fiancé Of Missing Florida Woman Gabby Petito
Bottle it all up and you’ll find the Heat have the softest remaining schedule in the NBA, according to ESPN’s BPI model. By a mile. After adjusting for a variety of factors, the average Heat opponent has a .449 win percentage the rest of the way while the next-easiest slate sits at .463 (Chicago). The toughest games are in Miami’s rearview mirror.
The soft slate doesn’t guarantee them anything, of course, but for a team bit hard by the injury bug this season, it can’t hurt. Up next is a road matchup against the dreadful New York Knicks on Thursday night.MORE NEWS: MDPD Seeking Driver Who Hit, Killed Man Riding Mini Scooter In Florida City