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GAME PREVIEW: Heat begin four-game road trip at Pacers

Can Miami bounce back against Indiana?

Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Following a tulmultuous 115-111 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, the Miami Heat look to bounce back against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, which is where they tip-off their third straight four-game road trip.

In the Heat’s three previous four-game road trips, they went a combined 2-6, with losses to the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies; meanwhile, they’re only two wins came against Boston (in the second of a baseball-esque road back-to-back) and Atlanta Hawks.

Indiana is now the preamble to the Heat’s third four-game road trip of the season, which will also include the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs — three of the worst teams not just in the Western Conference, but in the NBA.

Miami couldn’t squeak away a victory against the aforementioned Spurs on Saturday, falling 115-111 after Tyler Herro and Caleb Martin missed two 3-pointers with less than 10 seconds left, which would’ve put them ahead by one.

After the Pacers sported a five-game winning streak that bumped them to 10-6, they have lost seven of their last 11 games — including a narrow 136-133 loss to the shorthanded Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. Indiana’s still one game above .500 (14-13) and in the NBA’s top-half in offense (112.6 ORTG; 13th), but are No. 22 in defense (113.4) with the league’s 19th-best NET Rating.

INACTIVE/INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — PROBABLE
  • Jamal Cain (G-League) — OUT
  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — PROBABLE
  • Nikola Jovic (G-League) — OUT
  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — PROBABLE
  • Duncan Robinson (ankle) — PROBABLE
  • Dru Smith (ineligible) — OUT
  • Max Strus (shoulder) — PROBABLE
  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — OUT
  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — OUT

INDIANA:

  • Kendall brown (G-League) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — OUT
  • Trevelin Queen (G-League) — QUESTIONABLE
  • Daniel Theis (knee) — OUT

Projected Starters (at time of publishing):

KNICKS: HEAT:
KNICKS: HEAT:
Jalen Brunson G Kyle Lowry
Quentin Grimes G Tyler Herro
RJ Barrett F Jimmy Butler
Julius Randle F Caleb Martin
Jericho Sims C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

TV: Bally Sports Sun

TIPOFF: 7:00 PM EST

RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)

SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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