2012 NBA Season Matchup:Phoenix Suns vs. Miami HeatMarch 20, 2012 by Marc Jerbs

On Tuesday, the resurgent Phoenix Suns face the powerhouse Miami Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Game time is set at 7:30 PM ET.

The Phoenix Suns took advantage of their home games in the last two weeks and slowly crept into the Western Conference playoff picture. The Suns' win over the Houston pulled them within half game behind the Rockets for the eight seed in the West.

Playing aggressively at their home court has galvanized the Suns as a team-oriented unit. The Suns' offense has dramatically improved in their last 14 games. Both Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley have rekindled their shooting touch.

The Miami Heat is 19-2 at home and has a 13-game winning streak at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami's defense is the main key in their home game winning streak. Last Sunday, the Heat used a suffocating defense to limit the Orlando Magic to 39.5% shooting in a 91-81 win.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Miami Heat as a 10.5-point favorite to beat the Phoenix Suns. This game will test the mettle of the Phoenix Suns as they play 12 of their scheduled 15 games on the road.