The Pacers played until early February without losing back-to-back games, and had only lost two games at home. Both of those home losses were to Orlando. Last week, Indiana played four games in five nights, losing the last three. Their most recent game was a 119-103 home loss to the Denver Nuggets.
As it stands, Indiana is facing their longest losing streak of the season. To make things worse, the Pacers welcome the Miami Heat (22-7) to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Valentine’s day. In their one previous match-up this season, the Heat handed the Pacers their worst loss of the season, a 118-83 beat-down on January 4th. Miamai suffered through their own three-game losing streak soon after, but have since bounced back to win 14 of their last 17 games, including three straight wins in a row.
The Heat are finishing up their only back-to-back-to-back games of the season, all of which were away from home. Miami massacred Atlanta 107-87 on Sunday, and ran over Milwaukee 114-96 on Monday. The Pacers will hope to avoid a Valentine’s day massacre of their own, as they begin their back-to-back-to-back stretch in Indiana Tuesday. The Pacers will travel to Cleveland Wednesday and return home to finish their third game in a row on Thursday against New Jersey.