The Miami Heat take on the Indiana Pacers in the midst of a ridiculous hot streak.
The Heat have won eight of their last 10 games while the Pacers are only 5-5 and losers of three straight.
LeBron James continues to play at an MVP level and the Pacers, who got off to a fast start this season, are floundering fast.
A visit from Miami tonight does not help them much.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 7:00 PM ET, February 14, 2012
Watch: NBA TV
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Betting Line: Heat -2.5
Key Injuries (via StatFox)
George Hill, G, Pacers - Out (Ankle)
What They're Saying
Ira Winderman of the Miami Sun Sentinel talks about the Heat's biggest weakness writing:
Defense against penetrating point guards is the Heat's kryptonite. When the little guys start getting into the paint and breaking down the defense, that's where the problems start. Otherwise, they have done well against most perimeter scorers.
Most Important Player: LeBron James, Heat
It simply doesn't get better than what James is doing right now. Say what you will about his shortcomings in big games, the Heat superstar knows how to fill up a stat sheet.
James leads the Heat in three of the five major categories averaging 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game.
That just simply doesn't happen very often. Dwyane Wade has a history of success against the Pacers and he'll play a vital role as well, but King James is dominating games right now.
Key Matchup: Pacers Front Line vs. Heat Front Line
The Heat can rebound, but not like the Pacers. With Roy Hibbert, David West and Tyler Hansbrough on the low block, the Pacers hold a distinct advantage against Chris Bosh and Joel Anthony.
Which Is More Likely?
LeBron may drop down a bit tonight, but he'll likely spend his night on rangy Danny Granger.
If the Heat have trouble getting inside and aren't shooting well, the Pacers may actually have a chance to win this ball game.
Prediction: Heat 98, Pacers 94