Miami wants some payback after losing to Indiana last week; however, the Heat doesn’t know if they will have star Lebron James tonight when they host the Pacers, at 7 PM ET at the American Airlines Arena.
James is questionable with a sprained ankle; he’s yet to miss one game this season.
“I’ve had my fair share of ankle twists, so I already knew how it was going to be today,” James said Tuesday. “Very stiff, very sore, it’ll be around the clock treatment with Mike (Mancias, his trainer) and we’ll go from there.”
“I’m day to day, and we’ll see what happens,” said James. “I didn’t step on nobody’s foot, my ankle just turned. So it’s frustrating.”
Indiana lost at home for the first time this season in their last outing against the Pistons, and they will love to bounce back against their hated rivals.
“A loss like this brings us back to reality,” said Paul George. “We can’t turn it on, we can’t have a switch when we want to. Teams are getting up and getting ready to play us, so we have to match that energy and prepare like they’re the team to beat.”
The Heat is a three-point favorite in the NBA odds, but you should consider Lebron James’ worth is about 5 points in the spread. Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami.