Pacers vs Heat: How to live stream, time, venue, who will win and pre-match buzz around NBA Playoffs 2020 series
Now with the NBA regular season is all set to wrap up in Orlando, it's on to the playoff for the league's best 16 teams. This includes the Indiana Pacers to square off against the Miami Heat in a first-round battle between No.4 and No.5 seeds. All the first-round series rely on the best of seven. The games will be played in Orlando, giving the teams no home-court advantage. The winner will likely get No.1-seeded Milwaukee in the second round.
For the fifth time in the history of the NBA, the two teams will compete in the playoffs as the fourth and fifth seed. The Miami Heat has won three of the four previous postseason matches.
Indiana Pacers preview
The Pacers will undoubtedly fight every game but there is no denying how short-handed they are. It is likely that their Star player, Domantas Sabonis, who is averaging 18.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, will not be in the game. Additionally, Jeremy Lamb is still rehabbing from his injury and Warren is dealing with plantar fasciitis. But reports are rive that Warren will be joining the series. They need Aaron Holiday to continue his strong play from the seeding games and for Justin Holiday to regain his shooting touch. They've had key players in their rotation miss significant time during the season with injuries, Malcolm Brogdon, Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo being the most prominent.
Miami Heat preview
Heats aren't short on depth, they have plenty of wings in Jae Crowder, Andre Iguodala, Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro to go along with Bam Adebayo, Rookie of the Year finalist Kendrick Nunn and one-time All-Star Goran Dragic at the point, as well as, Kelly Olynyk and Meyers Leonard in the frontcourt.
The game will be played at the Advent Health Arena, Disney World, Orlando.
Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat series schedule:
The first game of the series will take place on Tuesday, August 18, at 4 pm. You can stream it live on TNT.
The second game will take place on Thursday, August 20, at 1 pm. You can stream it live on ESPN.
The third game will take place on Saturday, August 22, at 3.30 pm ET. You can stream it live on TNT.
The fourth game will take place on Monday, August 24, at 6.30 pm ET. You can watch it on TNT.
This game will take place on Wednesday, August 26, and you can stream the match live on TBD. The time of the match has not been disclosed yet.
This match will take place on Friday, August 28. You can watch it live on TBD.
Game 7 too will happen on Friday, August 28. You can watch it live on TBD. Timings for both the games (Game 6 and 7) have not been disclosed yet.
All eyes will be on Butler and Warren who share a sour history. Their rivalry took shape in January when the Heat won by 122-108. According to Miami Herald, Butler and Warren were involved in several contentious confrontations that included a middle finger from Warren directed at Butler and then Butler blowing a kiss goodbye as Warren walked off the floor following his ejection. According to the NBA, Warren was fined $25,000 for his role in the altercation, while Butler was handed a $35,000 fine for engaging in the altercation and escalating things on social media after the game.
As reported by Miami Herald, in an interview about the incident, Butler even said: "To me, I think it’s tough for him because I can guard him and he can’t guard me." "At the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to. You have just got to watch your mouth in certain situations. There’s some [expletive] you just don’t say as a man. He has got to see me the next time because I feel like what he said was truly disrespectful." he added.
Who will win?
The Miami Heat has worked quite well as a team this year, Jimmy Butler has led the young stars like Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn really well. So our expectations from Miami is quite high. Whereas the Indiana Pacers will be relying on Victor Oladipo and TJ Warren for scoring and Malcolm Brogdon for playmaking. The Pacers and the Heat both possess stars who can take over games in clutch moments. Going by the previous matches and the fact of how short-handed Pacers are, our prediction goes in favor of the Miami Heat.