Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers (-3, 189)
The Indiana Pacers just completed a five-game road trip that put them up
against some of the top teams in the Western Conference. Their reward
for posting a 3-2 record on that excursion is a return home to host the
defending champion Miami Heat on Tuesday. Indiana took the Heat to seven
games in the Eastern Conference finals last spring before falling just
short and has been waiting for another crack at LeBron James and
While some of the Pacers players were upset with the way
the road trip ended - a 118-94 loss at Oklahoma City - coach Frank
Vogel saw the trip as a positive overall. “It was a good trip,” Vogel
said. “You’re playing four of the top teams in the Western Conference
in their building, two of them on the second night of a back-to-back, on
a nine-day trip. That’s a brutal schedule.” The Heat are coming to the
end of a four-game road trip and knocked off Minnesota and Detroit by a
combined 36 points on Saturday and Sunday.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBATV, Sun Sports (Miami), FSN Indiana
NBA POWER RANKINGS: Heat (-14.5) - Pacers (-13.0) + Home Court (-3.0) = Pacers -1.5
ABOUT THE HEAT (16-5, 11-10 ATS):
Miami looked lifeless is back-to-back losses last week but got Dwyane
Wade back from the flu on Saturday and watched as James flirted with
triple-doubles against both the Timberwolves and the Pistons. James is
more focused on fixing the small issues with his own team than getting
too worked up about the matchup with the Pacers. “Obviously, everybody
is going to make it as a marquee game on Tuesday but I don’t really get
too much involved in regular-season matchups, especially early in
December,” James said. “They’re a great team right now, the way they’re
playing basketball. We’re trying to get healthy, trying to get to our
ABOUT THE PACERS (18-3, 15-6 ATS): Indiana built up
its top record in the Eastern Conference largely on the strength of its
team defense and the brilliance of Paul George. While George continues
to excel at the offensive end, the team defense surrendered at least 100
points in four of the five games on the trip after allowing an opponent
to reach the century mark just once in the first 16 games. The Pacers
allowed the Thunder to shoot a season-high 61 percent in Sunday’s
setback and George (32 points) was the only player to score more than 12
* Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
* Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Indiana.
* Over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
* Heat are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Indiana.
1. The Pacers took two of the three regular-season meeting in 2012-13 - both at home.
2. Miami F Michael Beasley (hamstring) sat out Sunday and is questionable for Tuesday.
3. George averaged 29.8 points on the five-game road trip and went 27-for-28 from the free-throw line.