Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and More

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2012

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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.

 

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 06:  Danny Granger #33 of the Indiana Pacers congratulates Darren Collison #2 after Collison shot a 3-point shot late in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics on January 6, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The India
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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.

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