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Highlights: Warmth vs Pacers
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Regardless of being the decrease seed on this sequence, the Miami Warmth have proven that they’re the higher workforce than the Indiana Pacers — at the least via the primary two video games. Jimmy Butler carried the Warmth down the stretch of their 113-101 Recreation 1 victory, scoring 10 factors the fourth quarter. In Recreation 2, it was Duncan Robinson’s stellar taking pictures efficiency that proved to be the distinction in Miami’s 109-100 win. At the same time as Bam Adebayo was in foul bother and completed the sport with simply seven factors, Miami’s depth lifted the workforce up. Goran Dragic tacked on 20 factors, whereas Robinson completed with a game-high 24 factors en path to tying Miami’s franchise document for many 3s made in a playoff recreation (7).

As for Indiana, it isn’t fairly at full power. Domantas Sabonis left the bubble earlier than the workforce even began its seeding schedule as a result of plantar fasciitis, and Victor Oladipo continues to be not again to 100% following a quad harm he suffered a season in the past. With out Oladipo’s taking part in just like the All-Star we have come to know, and Sabonis scoring on the within, the pathway to success on this sequence for Indiana develop into very murky.

Viewing data

Date: Saturday, Aug. 22 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET 
Location: Disney Broad World of Sports activities — Orlando, Florida
TV: TNT | Related TV: TNT app 
Odds (through William Hill Sportsbook): Warmth -5.5 | Over/Underneath: 213

Storylines

Warmth: Miami has finished a wonderful job of not solely sharing the ball on offense and getting everybody concerned, however not permitting T.J. Warren to get occurring the opposite finish of the ground. Credit score Jimmy Butler for his lock-down protection on Warren, who was held to simply 14 factors in Recreation 2, and completed the competition with a plus/minus of -7. That is a far cry from when he was dropping 50-plus factors within the seeding video games, and you may inform that Miami has made it a precedence on this sequence to close him down.

Pacers: If Indiana does nothing else in Recreation 3, it should cease Robinson getting sizzling from deep. On lots of his 3s in Recreation 2, the sharpshooting guard was left a ridiculous quantity of respiration room, and when that occurs you possibly can assume his shot goes in. After Robinson opened the sport for Miami with three straight 3s, Indiana tried to get in a 3-point shootout with Miami, regardless of not having the suitable personnel to take action, and that plan failed miserably. The Pacers have to put up a greater combat on protection, and never attempt to play the Warmth’s recreation on the opposite finish of the ground.

Recreation prediction

Till the Pacers can present that they will put up a strong offensive efficiency, the Warmth will win each recreation on this sequence. Oladipo wants to seek out his All-Star play, and Indiana must tighten up defensively. Choose: Warmth -5.5

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