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Miami face the Indiana Pacers in first game of a back to back

The Miami Heat (22-8) are set to host the Indiana Pacers (21-10) tomorrow in an Eastern Conference and potential playoff matchup. Miami is the favorites to win this game, having a (13-1) record at home and Indiana having a (7-7) record on the road.

Miami will play with its full roster except for Justice Winslow, who will remain ”OUT” with a back injury he has been dealing with. Dion Waiters will be ”ACTIVE” after serving his 3rd suspension of the season.

Indiana will be without Victor Oladipo, who is nearing a return late January or early February from a knee injury that ended his season last year. Malcolm Brogdon will be a game-time decision on Friday with a groin injury.

Miami’s starting 5 will most likely remain the same, featuring Kendrick Nunn at PG, Duncan Robinson at SG, Jimmy Butler at SF, Bam Adebayo at PF, and Meyers Leonard at C.

Indiana’s starting 5 will feature Aaron Holiday at PG unless Malcolm Brogdon is healthy to play, Jeremy Lamb at SG, T.J. Warren at SF, Domantas Sabonis at PF, and Myles Turner at C.

It is very important that Miami starts the back to back strong against Indiana as they face to play Philadelphia who currently has split the series against Miami this season. Miami was (0-3) last season against Indiana, we will see if that losing streak changes Friday.

INDIANA’S X-FACTOR

Indiana’s X factor is Domantas Sabonis who is currently averaging 17.8 PPG, 13.5 RPG, and 3.9 APG. Sabonis has been hot the last ten games, shooting 42.9% from 3. It will be very important that Miami’s big’s do a good job preventing him from getting comfortable from 3 and at the same time boxing out from getting offensive rebounds, something Miami struggled with against Utah as Rudy Gobert had 20 rebounds, 6 being offensive rebounds.

Thanks for reading my article, I will have a post-game piece after tomorrow’s game!

– @michael.yero

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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