Tonight’s matchup: Without Johnson & Johnson, Heat looking to stretch win streak to 6 games at Pacers

Heat guard Goran Dragic drives past Pacers guard Darren Collison and center Myles Turner in Indiana’s victory at Miami in November. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

MIAMI HEAT AT INDIANA PACERS

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis.

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 23-17, Indiana 21-19

Line: Indiana is favored by 4.5 points.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: Kelly Olynyk

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Derrick Jones Jr.

G: Goran Dragic

Pacers

F: Bojan Bogdanovic

F: Thaddeus Young

C: Domantas Sabonis

G: Victor Oladipo

G: Darren Collison

Scouting report: The Heat will be without Tyler Johnson and James Johnson. Tyler missed Tuesday’s 90-89 victory at Toronto because of a left shoulder strain and was ruled out tonight pregame  James Johnson and the Raptors’ Serge Ibaka each were suspended one game for exchanging blows the the third quarter. … The Heat also are missing Dion Waiters (sprained left ankle), Justise Winslow (strained left knee), Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and Okaro White (left foot surgery). … The Heat extended their winning streak to five games with the win. Bam Adebayo had career highs with 15 rebounds and five blocks. He added 16 points. … Miami outrebounded Toronto, 64-37. …  Miami has won 12 of its last 16 games and is 12-8 on the road. … Myles Turner injured his elbow in the Pacers’ 109-96 victory over the Bucks Monday and is listed as doubtful.  … The Pacers have won two straight by a combined 52 points after a season-long five-game losing streak. … The teams have played twice in Miami this season with the Heat winning the first game, 112-108, behind Goran Dragic’s 23 points before the Pacers handed the Heat one of their worst losses of the season, 120-95. Bojan Bogdanovic led Indiana with 26 points as the Pacers shot 60 percent from the floor. … Victor Oladipo leads the Pacers with 24.5 ppg. … Indiana is ninth in the league in scoring, averaging 107.3 ppg. … The Heat have lost 10 consecutive games in Indiana.

[Tyler Johnson misses game vs. Raptors with strained left shoulder]

[Hassan Whiteside on his lack of fourth-quarter minutes recently: ‘We won the game, so I can’t really be mad’]

[Does Wayne Ellington deserve a spot in 3-point contest? Heat pushing for him to make it with #WE2LA]

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Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to lock down surprising Pacers and their 3-point shooting

INDIANA PACERS VS. MIAMI HEAT

When: Sunday, 5 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami.

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Indiana 8-8, Miami 7-8

Indiana Pacers’ Cory Joseph drives to the basket as Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow defend during the Heat’s victory against the Pacers this season. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Justise Winslow

F: Josh Richardson

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Pacers

F: Bojan Bogdanovic

F: Thaddeus Young

C: Myles Turner

G: Victor Oladipo

G: Darren Collison

Scouting report: The teams met the first week of the season with the Heat winning 112-108 at home behind Goran Dragic’s 23 points. … The Pacers have won 3-of-4 after a four-game losing streak, including a 107-100 victory over Detroit Friday after trailing by 22 points in the third quarter. … The Pacers are third in the league in 3-point percentage (40.0), fifth in overall field goal percentage (47.5) and 10th in scoring (108.4). They are shooting 45.6 percent on threes in the last four games. … Victor Oladipo is among the early favorites for most improved player. The fifth-year forward from Indiana University is averaging 23.1 points and 5.1 rebounds up from 15.9 and 4.3 last season in OKC. Oladipo was acquired in the trade that send Paul George to the Thunder. … The Heat are coming off their biggest road win of the season, 91-88, at Washington. Miami hopes to keep James Johnson going after the reserve forward scored 20 points against the Wizards, three more than his three previous games combined. … Hassan Whiteside has 31 points and 37 rebounds in his last two games. … The Heat are seventh in the league with a defensive rating of 102.4. … The Heat are without swingman Rodney McGruder (stress fracture left leg) and forward Okaro White (broken bone left foot).

[Interesting facts and stats: Heat are one of the NBA’s best defensive teams]

[Erik Spoelstra says there’s no need for Heat to make roster move after Okaro White’s injury]

[Why haven’t Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk played together since the opener?]

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Tonight’s matchup: Miami Heat face Indiana Pacers in home opener without Hassan Whiteside

INDIANA PACERS VS. MIAMI HEAT

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Indiana 1-1, Miami 0-1

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra reacts to a play during a game against the Indiana Pacers last season. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Pacers

F: Thaddeus Young

F: Domantas Sabonis

C: Bojan Bogdanovic

G: Darren Collison

G: Victor Oladipo

Heat

F: James Johnson

F: Josh Richardson

C: Kelly Olynyk

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Scouting report: Each team will be without a key frontcourt player. Heat center Hassan Whiteside aggravated a bone bruise in his left knee in the season opening loss in Orlando and will sit out tonight. He is day-to-day. Whiteside averaged 24.7 points and 20.0 rebounds against the Pacers last season. The Pacers have lost forward Myles Turner, who was diagnoses with a concussion following Wednesday’s season-opening victory Wednesday. Turner averaged 20.0 points and 7.3 rebounds against the Heat last season. … The Heat won the 2016-17 season series, 2-1, and have won five straight at home against the Pacers. . … The Heat also will be without Rodney McGruder (leg) but Dion Waiters was feeling better Friday after re-injuring his left ankle Wednesday and is expected to play. … The Pacers are playing their third game in four days. They defeated the Nets, 140-131, in their season opener Wednesday and dropped a 114-96 decision to Portland Friday. … Glenn Robinson II (ankle) and Edmond Sumner (ankle) are out for the Pacers.

[Erik Spoelstra says Heat won’t lower defensive standards ‘just because other teams are scoring’ a lot of points]

[Dion Waiters’ ankle feeling better, expected to play against Pacers]

[Heat to honor Goran Dragic for EuroBasket MVP award before Saturday’s home opener] on opening night]

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2016 NBA playoffs: Miami Heat are 6-3 in Game 7s

The Heat's most recent Game 7? Two weeks ago, when Goran Dragic crushed the Hornets. (Getty Images)
The Heat’s most recent Game 7? Two weeks ago, when Goran Dragic crushed the Hornets. (Getty Images)

After a convincing Game 6 win over the Raptors on Friday, the Heat are back in Toronto for the 10th Game 7 in their history Sunday.

Miami is 6-3 all-time in these situations, though this is just its second one on the road. Here’s a look at every Game 7 in team history:
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2016 NBA playoffs: The Miami Heat’s Game 7 history

"Thunder Dan" Majerle and the 1999-00 team won the first Game 7 in Heat history. (Getty Images)
“Thunder Dan” Majerle and the 1999-00 team won the first Game 7 in Heat history. (Getty Images)

After a gutsy Game 6 win in Charlotte, the Heat host the Hornets this afternoon for the ninth Game 7 in franchise history.

Miami is 5-3 all-time in these situations and hasn’t lost one at home since 2005. Here’s a look at every Game 7 the Heat have ever played:
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