Why The Rockets' 22-Winning Game Streak Is Better Than Miami's Current Streak
In Houston, one of the nice byproducts of the Miami Heat's amazing winning streak (after a win over Orlando, 27 straight and counting) has been the brief poof of renewed relevance that it gave to the Rockets' amazing winning streak back in 2008.
Rafer Alston had 22 reasons to light up a cigar in 2008.
Aside from the two NBA titles in 1994 and 1995, the 22-game winning streak from late January 2008 into the middle of March was the greatest accomplishment in the history of this franchise, and only augmented over time when we've had a chance to really digest just how slightly-better-than-average that roster was.
I mean....Rafer Alston was the starting point guard. RAFER ALSTON. Yao Ming missed the last TEN games of the streak, and the team actually played better than they did the previous twelve.
It was a glorious time, to be sure.
Unfortunately for history's sake in Houston, a week or so ago the Heat were able to do something that Rockets team couldn't do -- they were able to trudge through a game against the Celtics to get to win number 23, leaving the Rockets' 22-game winning streak in the dust as the second-best in the history of the league. Now, like many of the Heat's games lately, they needed an other-worldly performance from LeBron James to do it, but a win is a win, and the Heat have been stacking them up.
In all likelihood, barring an intervention by the San Antonio Spurs on March 31, the Heat are going to blow past the 1971-72 Lakers record of 33 straight wins. Impressive, no doubt, and even more so when you consider that every opponent is now treating games with the Heat like Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
So we know the Heat are winning games, but how are they doing in the really, really important department -- COVERING THE SPREAD?
Well, it just so happens my man R.J. Bell, the founder of pregame.com and an awesome Twitter follow (@RJinVegas), is keeping track of just that. Here's the latest update from R.J.:
During 27-game win streak, #Heat covered 16 (losing 11) against the spread. $100 bet on each game would have won $390— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) March 26, 2013
So it got me to thinking, 16-11 is all well and good, but how good were the 2008 Rockets against the number during their 22 game winning streak? So I headed to covers.com (or as I like to call it, "The Jedi Archives for Degenerates"), and did the legwork.
Here's what I found out: