The teams are tied and the winner will earn the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and home court advantage in a matchup between the two teams in the first round of the playoffs. But with no real home court to play for in the NBA bubble, both teams will likely keep their powder dry for Game 1 already scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET on the same AdventHealth Arena floor.
At a minimum, expect the Pacers to sit T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon as they did against the Rockets. Victor Oladipo should also rest after getting in plenty of work against the Rockets.
As for the Heat, they will likely rest a few key players, as well. The real rivalry between these two developing teams will be in name only on Friday, set to resume for real next week.
Of course, that fourth seed would be nice to have, you know, for the mantle at home.
Where: AdventHealth Arena, Orlando, FL
When: 4:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Aaron Holiday, Victor Oladipo, Justin Holiday, Jakarr Sampson, Myles Turner
Heat: Goran Dragic, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Derrick Jones Jr., Bam Adebayo
IND: T.J. Warren (sore foot) - out, Malcolm Brogdon (neck) - out, Domantas SabonisJ (foot) - out, Jeremy Lamb (knee) -out
MIA: Goran Dragic (ankle) - questionable, Jimmy Butler (sore foot) - questionable, Kendrick Nunn (isolating) - out
Enemy view: Hot Hot Hoops
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