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Game Preview: Heat stumble into Indianapolis to visit Pacers

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The Heat are coming off their worst performance of the season in a loss to the Hornets. Now, the Pacers who have lost 3 straight are waiting for them in a place historically difficult for them to win.

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Coming off a loss in which the Heat trailed by as many as 30 points to the Charlotte Hornets, they've got a much bigger task on their hands, trying to get a win in Indianapolis. The Pacers have an extra day off after losing to the Warriors on Tuesday night, their third in a row.

Miami Heat (12-8) @ Indiana Pacers (12-8)
7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: ESPN / Radio: 790 the Ticket

Injury Report
Miami -- Hassan Whiteside (ankle), questionable; Josh McRoberts (rest), probable; Amare Stoudemire (rehab recovery), doubtful
Indiana -- Myles Turner (knee), OUT

Previous Matchup
Miami, 87 @ Indiana, 90 (Nov 7) -- See the RECAP HERE

Probable Starters
George Hill PG Goran Dragic
Monta Ellis SG Dwyane Wade
C.J. Miles SF Luol Deng
Paul George PF Chris Bosh
Ian Mahinmi C Hassan Whiteside

The last time Miami came to Indianapolis, they nearly got a win. Dwyane Wade missed a three at the buzzer to try and send the game into overtime. Paul George was great, and has been every since. The Heat spend one night in first place in the East, and then got smacked in Charlotte, and now could finish the weekend in 7th place.

The Pacers are always a tough matchup for Miami. It will be even more so if Hassan Whiteside can't play, as he sat out practice on Thursday with an ankle injury. Whiteside is one advantage the Heat have against the Pacers as their front line consists of Ian Mahinmi and Jordan Hill. If Chris Bosh can play big and physical, then he can have an advantage too as the Pacers don't play very big.

Justise Winslow will get another crack at guarding Paul George. George played really well last time, but Winslow player good defense as well. In fact, Winslow's best game of the season might have been against the Pacers. Dwyane Wade needs to be good and should have a major strength advanage against either of Indiana's starting guards. And this is especially a game that Goran Dragic could excel.

The Pacers will ride and die by the play of Paul George. And he's playing at a very high level. C.J. Miles, George Hill, Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey will be the deciding factors here. Whether they play well or not will decide how much pressure the Heat will get.

Either way, if it's anything like a repeat performance from Wednesday, the Heat are doomed. Hopefully, captain Haslem gave them a good speech before this one.

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