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GAME PREVIEW: Heat visit Pacers in crucial game

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The Miami Heat are visiting the Indiana Pacers looking to get ahead on an even season series.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are coming off a thrilling victory over the Toronto Raptors last night. Wayne Ellington scored a driving layup with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the Heat a 90-89 win and improve to 23-17 on the season, their fifth consecutive win.

Miami was without Tyler Johnson as a late scratch to the game, his status is unknown right now. And James Johnson exchanged blows with Serge Ibaka during the game. They were both ejected, and it is possible Johnson could receive a suspension for the altercation.

The Indiana Pacers are ready to get back to their exciting play. After 4 straight losses without Victor Oladipo, the Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday by 13 points. At 20-19, Indiana is in the last playoff spot.

The Heat and Pacers have split two games so far this season, both in Miami. They will play one more time in late March.

Game Info

When: Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 31% chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Probable Starters

Indiana: Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeous Young, Domantas Sabonis
Miami: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk, Hassan Whiteside

Injury Report

Pacers: Myles Turner (arm, probable)
Heat: Rodney McGruder (Out, Leg Fracture), Okaro White (Out, Foot), Justise Winslow (Out, knee), Dion Waiters (Out, ankle), Tyler Johnson (shoulder, questionable)

What To Watch For

Can Miami control Vic?

Victor Oladipo returned after missing several games. The Pacers struggled without him, but with him they are a pretty hot team. Oladipo is playing at an All-Star level this season and at home is a hard player to stop. Can the combination of Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson make him work hard enough to give the Heat a better chance to win?

Can the Heat hit the three-ball consistently?

That’s going to be a huge key to this game. The Pacers play a packed defense in the paint and will make it hard for Miami to score consistently there, if the Heat can spread the floor and makes threes, they should find a lot more success all around.

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