2013 NBA schedule: Heat go for 26th straight against Bobcats

Mike Ehrmann

The Miami Heat go for 26 wins in a row while several games, including Spurs vs. Rockets, will have an impact on the Western Conference playoff picture.

The Miami Heat look to extend their winning streak to 26 games Sunday, as they host the Charlotte Bobcats at the American Airlines Center.

The game is the first of back to back for the Heat where the face two teams, the Bobcats and Orlando Magic, that have 20 less wins combined than Miami. However, both teams have played the Heat tight this season. In their last match-up, Charlotte came up just short of upsetting Miami, losing 99-94. In that game, the Heat only made one of the 12 three-point attempts while the Bobcats back up guard duo of Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon combined for 34 points.

Two games Sunday night could go a long way in determining seeding in the Western Conference. The San Antonio Spurs travel to Houston to take on the Rockets while the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Portland Trail Blazers. The Spurs are currently three games ahead of the Thunder in the loss column, but play the Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies in the next eight days.

Meanwhile, the Rockets are looking to put some distance between themselves and the Los Angeles Lakers. Houston is currently 2.5 games ahead of the Lakers for seventh in the West. A win for the Trail Blazers would move them within two games of the Lakers for the conference's final playoff spot.

Here is the full schedule for Saturday (all times ET):

Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 3 p.m.

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat, 6 p.m.

Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 7 p.m.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets, 7 p.m.

Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Sacramento Kings, 9 p.m.

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