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Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
When: Thursday March 27, 00:00 GMT
With the regular season coming to an end, the Miami Heat will hope to not only make a statement against the Indiana Pacers, but to also wrestle back the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Heat forward Chris Bosh has conceded that games at this stage of the season mean much more to the team than earlier on in the campaign, as they look to find their dominant streak ahead of the playoffs.
However, it has been a slight struggle for both teams in recent weeks, with both losing seven of their 12 games with Miami missing out on several chances to close the gap at the top.
Nevertheless, if they were to lose this encounter they would fall three games behind which could be a defining lead at this late stage, and given that these two teams don’t like each other, it promises to be a real battle on Wednesday night.
While the pair do meet again on April 11, this game has more significance in the race for top and home court advantage, and essentially if Miami were to lose, then they might begin to think about resting key players in the build-up to the playoffs if they deem the number one spot out of their reach.
Dwyane Wade is understood to be ready to play after he sat out Monday’s win over Portland with an ankle knock, and so both teams are expected to be at full strength with plenty on the line.
Miami face a number of teams at the bottom of their respective Conferences to end the regular season, but much depends on what they can return home with from their trip to Indianapolis, which could be the first of many before the championship race is said and done.