The MIAMI and the INDIANA will both be gunning for a victory on 11/16/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
MIAMI HEAT vs INDIANA PACERS
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, November 16, 2018
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
|703||MIAMI||-4.5 (-110)||212 (-110)||170
TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: INDIANA , MIAMI
Oddsmakers currently have the INDIANA listed as -4.5 point favorites versus the MIAMI, while the game’s total is sitting at 212.
The Indiana Pacers are struggling with one win in their last four games but got a rare four-day break to practice and attempt to fix some of the problems. The Pacers will show off the results of that practice when they host the Miami Heat on Friday.
Indiana, which earned a 110-102 win at Miami last Friday for its lone victory in the last four contests, is struggling to find balance on the offensive end with All-Star Victor Oladipo dominating the ball. “We talk about execution, and execution is working to get a good shot. It is on Victor. When he feels he has a good shot, we want him to take that – but also create opportunities for other guys when that defense is committed to him,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan told reporters. “Part of this process of establishing our style is trusting each other, recognizing a matchup and trying to take advantage of that and get those guys the ball.” Miami has a chance to sweep its two-game road trip after snapping a three-game slide with a 120-107 victory at Brooklyn on Wednesday. The Heat, who held a team meeting following a 124-114 home loss to Philadelphia on Monday, were noticeably better on the defensive end, holding the Nets to 40.2 percent shooting.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Sun (Miami), FS Indiana
ABOUT THE HEAT (6-8): Miami got a season-high 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting off the bench on Wednesday from guard Tyler Johnson, who is building some consistency with four straight games in double figures. “We need him to be aggressive off the bench,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters of Johnson. “…He’s reading it, because not every play is just to make to the rim. But the aggressiveness certainly is important for us. It’s good for him to see the ball go in, because he’s been putting a lot of time at it.” Fellow guard Goran Dragic is putting up solid numbers as well with an average of 21.5 points in the last two games after going scoreless on 0-of-7 shooting in a loss to Washington on Saturday.
ABOUT THE PACERS (8-6): Oladipo averages 20 field-goal attempts while the next-highest shooter on the team – reserve guard Tyreke Evans – is at 9.6, and the discrepancy is something the team would like to fix. “He’s trying to get us involved,” point guard Darren Collison told the team’s website of Oladipo. “We have to take it upon ourselves to be more aggressive, too. With the shot disparity, you don’t want him to have that early in the season. He’ll wear down. Everybody has to take it upon themselves to help him out. And he’ll do a better job distributing as well.” Oladipo is shooting 45 percent from the floor and leads the team in scoring (23.8 points) and assists (4.9).
1. Pacers SG Bojan Bogdanovic is 9-of-15 from 3-point range over the last three games.
2. Miami SG Dwyane Wade (personal) sat out the last five games and is not expected to play Friday.
3. Oladipo scored 22 points on 9-of-22 shooting in the 110-102 win at Miami on Nov. 9.
PREDICTION: Pacers 116, Heat 109