Tonight in the NBA: Heat go for win No. 25

Tonight in the NBA: Heat go for win No. 25
March 22, 2013, 11:15 am
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The Sixers are off tonight after a devastating 101-100 collapse to the Nuggets on Thursday (see story).

Here is a look at the notable games tonight in the NBA:

Pistons at Heat, 7:30 p.m.
The Miami Heat host the Detroit Pistons as they go for their 25th straight victory.

The Heat rallied from a 27-point third-quarter deficit to win, 98-95, over the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Miami outscored the Cavs 64-40 in the second half to pull of the biggest comeback this season.

In 15 straight home victories, the Heat have averaged 108.7 points on 51.4 shooting. They have won those games by an average of 11.8 points.

The Pistons are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak. In that span, they are allowing 107.9 points on 51.2 percent shooting.

The two teams last met on Jan. 25, with the Heat wining 110-88 at home.

Bucks at Pacers, 7 p.m.
The Indiana Pacers host the Milwaukee Bucks as they look to avoid losing the season series.

Indiana is coming off a 95-73 victory over the Magic on Tuesday. The league's best defensive team, the Pacers held Orlando to 31.8 percent shooting.

The Pacers may be without David West, who has been battling a sprained lower back. Tyler Hansbrough would likely get the start in his place.  In his last two games, Hansbrough has totaled 32 points and 25 rebounds.

The Bucks lost 98-90 to the Hawks on Wednesday. Monta Ellis struggled, scoring five points on 2-of-14 shooting.

Milwaukee may be without Ersan Ilyasova (hip) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (toe).

The two teams last met on Jan. 5, when the Pacers came away with a 95-80 victory.

Celtics at Maverick, 8:30 p.m.
Looking to snap a two-game losing streak, the Boston Celtics visit the Dallas Mavericks.

The Celtics are coming off an 87-86 loss to the Hornets in which Anthony Davis made a last-second tip-in to win it in New Orleans.

Jason Terry will make his return to Dallas after spending the previous eight seasons in a Mavericks uniform, including a title run in 2010-11.

The Mavericks opened up a season-high six-game homestand on Wednesday with a 113-96 loss to the Nets.

Dallas will likely see the return of Shawn Marion, who has missed the past eight games with a strained left calf.

The two teams last met on Dec. 12, when the Celtics won 117-115 in double overtime. Terry scored 10 points against his former team, while Paul Pierce led the way with 34.

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