Tonight in the NBA: Pacers host Heat

Tonight in the NBA: Pacers host Heat
February 1, 2013, 11:45 am
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The Philadelphia 76ers are in action tonight as they host the Sacramento Kings (see game notes).

In his first season with the Sixers, Nick "Swaggy P" Young has brought more than just being a free-spirited shooter (see story).

Heat at Pacers, 7 p.m.
The Indiana Pacers host Miami as they look for their third straight regular-season victory over the Heat.

The two teams last met in early January when the Eastern Conference's top defense held the Heat to a season-low 77 points, which was the only time Miami was held to under 84 points on the season.  Lebron James committed a season-high seven turnovers.

The Miami Heat is one of the league's best offense while averaging 102.7 points per game on 48.9 percent shooting.  

On the other hand, the Indiana Pacers leads the league in field-goal percent defense at 71.9 percent and leads the East in scoring defense at 89.9 points per game.

Since the 2010-11 season, the Pacers are 4-1 when they hold James to under 25 points.  

Bulls at Nets, 7:30 p.m.
The Brooklyn Nets host the Chicago Bulls as they look to rebound from their first home loss under P.J. Carlesimo.

Since Carlesimo took over for Avery Johnson on Dec. 27, both the Nets and the Bulls are an Eastern Conference best 13-5.  The Bulls have won eight of their last 10 games coming into tonight, while the Nets have lost three of their last four games.

The Nets failed to tie a franchise recorcd of 12 wins in a month when they snapped an eight-game home winning streak on Wednesday in a loss to the Heat.

The Bulls are a NBA-best 13-6 on the road this season, despite missing Derrick Rose as he recovers from a torn ACL.  

The two teams last met on Dec. 15 when the Bulls squeezed out a 83-82 victory when Deron Williams missed a three-pointer as time expired.

Bucks at Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
The Milwaukee Bucks visit the New York Knicks tonight as they look to even the season series.

The two teams last met in November when the Bucks lost 102-88 at home.  Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points despite missing the fourth quarter with a hand injury.

If the Bucks want to come away with a victory against the Knicks, they must figure out a way to slow down Anthony, who has scored at least 20 points in a franchise record 30 straight games.

The Bucks have enjoyed succcess against the Atlantic Division this season has they have gone 8-2 in those matchups.

The Knicks should see the return of Jason Kidd, who missed their last game with a sore lower back.  The Bucks may be without Larry Sanders who missed Wednesday's game with an illness.

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