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Preview: Heat host Pacers Sunday in East elite showdown

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The Indiana Pacers are the only team the Heat haven't beaten yet this season, they have one more chance Sunday night in South Beach.


The Indiana Pacers have all the confidence they need right now against Miami. After holding the Heat to two sub-par performances earlier this season, the Pacers look to be the only team in the NBA this season not to lose to Miami. On the other hand, Miami is looking for its first season as a franchise to beat every team in the NBA.

LeBron James and his teammates are well aware of their struggles against the Pacers and vowed to be ready for this one. The Heat are looking for their 18th consecutive win, their last lost coming February 1 in Indiana.

The Pacers last played Friday in Orlando where they soundly beat the Magic. Danny Granger will not play for the Pacers and C Ian Mahinmi is doubtful. The Heat are coming off a win at home against Philadelphia on Friday that saw LeBron James rest the final 8 minutes of the game, a rare occurrence this season.

The Pacers and the Heat aren't necessarily best friends. Indiana voiced that they thought they were the better team last year despite Miami eliminating them in six games without Chris Bosh. The Pacers haven't been shy to show it on the court either, knowing their game is inside. Indiana has bruised Miami on the glass and if the Heat want to beat them, they will need to rebound.

Look for Miami to come out with a lot of urgency. They know their history with the Pacers and what it will take to be beat them. They also know their last loss was to Indiana, and ending an 18 game win streak to the same team to beat you last isn't a good message.

This game will feature some great match-ups. With another paring of James and first time All-Star Paul George, and also a surging David West who is having his best numbers in 3 years.

Make sure you tune in tonight, 6pm and watch the Heat host the Indiana Pacers.

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