The Indiana Pacers have already beaten the Miami Heat twice this season, but they have not yet played at American Airlines Arena. Tomorrow the top two teams in the Eastern Conference will once again go head-to-head, but this time the NBA champions will have the benefit of home court advantage.
Indiana has been pointed out as the team that matches up the best against the Heat. The Pacers are currently the best defensive team in the league and beat Miami by double digits in both of their previous meetings.
When the two teams met in February, David West was unstoppable, dropping 30 points on 12-15 shooting from the field. In their first meeting of the season, Indiana’s excellent defense was on full display, holding Miami to a season-low 77 points.
The Heat have thumped just about every team that has been put in front of them lately and are unbeaten in their last 17 contests. However, the Pacers have also been on a roll lately, winning eight of their last 10 games.
While Indiana has clearly had the upper hand in this match-up this season, the Heat should will still be the favorites heading into tomorrow’s game. The New York Knicks beat Miami twice this season by 20 points, yet the Heat came back and returned the favor at Madison Square Garden in a huge comeback.
Beating the Heat at home has been an almost impossible task this season, as the champions boast the best home record in the league at 28-3. That being said, if anyone has a chance to defeat the Heat at this point, it is definitely the Pacers.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can Follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis