Tonight sees the top two in the Eastern Conference go head to head in Indianapolis.
And for all intents and purposes, the two teams who will contest the Conference playoff final come May.
The Miami Heat are the visitors to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and Pacers star Paul George is in confident mood as he prepares for the clash that will go someway to deciding who gets the top seed come playoff time:
"It's a huge game for use.
"We get a chance to play against great competition, a great team, a team that's on our heels right now in the East.
"This is a building block game for us and a game that I feel like we must win or we should win," the two-time All-Star said.
The Heat (48-21) and the Pacers (51-20) have struggled a little in recent weeks, posting identical 5-5 records in the past 10 outings.
But with tonight being billed as the precursor to the Eastern Conference playoff finals they will want a win to increase their chances of getting that all important home advantage come Game 7.
And George admits it would make the task of reaching the NBA Finals that little more difficult if the Pacers had to win in Miami in the final game:
"I mean it's going to be tough,"
"We're not saying it's going to be easy because we've got home-court advantage. We're going to probably have to win a game on their floor.
"Not to say that we can't go there and steal a game as well, it's just going to be a little tougher," George told the media today.
All the more reason for the Pacers to win out in this regular season game tonight then.
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