NBA Tips: Pacers have the edge in the battle of unbeaten teams in the bubble

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The Pacers strong defence gives them the slight edge over the Suns as two of the remaining unbeaten teams in the bubble face off in Orlando, says Dave Gray

"The Pacers strong start has come on the back of T.J. Warren who has racked up an incredible 119 points in the three games since the restart"

Battle of the unbeaten bubble teams

Indiana Pacers @ Pheonix Suns
Thursday, 21:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Somebody's unbeaten run in the bubble must come to an end as the Pacers and Suns come into this one with three game winning streaks in Orlando.

The Pacers strong start has come on the back of T.J. Warren who has racked up an incredible 119 points in the three games since the restart. With the Suns also scoring well in Orlando, he may need another similar performance in what looks set to be a shootout. When these two teams met earlier this year the Pacers held Phoenix to just 87 points. Things have changed a lot since then but it is a good sign for Indiana that they can do it against the strong Suns offence.

Phoenix have been one of the surprise packages so far. A huge win against the Clippers last time out when they were big underdogs saw them continue their unlikely push for a playoff spot. Heading into Orlando they had one of the toughest tasks, and making it in will still be hard, but Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton are giving the team a chance. It will be tough against the Pacers who are one of the most efficient defences in the league, but they have shown they are up to it.

This looks set to be another excellent game in the NBA bubble. It is a tough one to call between two form teams, but the Pacers strong defence just gives them the edge in what should be a game with plenty of points.

Back Miami to upset Milwaukee

Miami Heat @ Milwaukee Bucks
Thursday, 21:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

In what could be a preview of a big playoff game this year, the Heat and Bucks face off with Milwaukee looking to secure the number one seed.

The Bucks suffered a shock loss to the Nets earlier this week and will be looking to bounce back against a dangerous Heat team. Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out the entire second half of that game and it makes backing the Bucks as big favourites tough once again. They are five games clear of Toronto and while it isn't secured mathematically, they are going to be the first seed in the Eastern conference. Even at full strength Miami could cause them problems and with the potential of resting players, there could be another upset on the cards.

The Heat's win over the Celtics put the third seed very much in reach and a win here would go a long way to securing it. Jimmy Butler sat out of the game with a sore ankle but should return here. Miami are a tough team that make it hard for opponents and they will do so again here. Bam Adebayo led the way for Miami last time out and continues his breakout and he will be key for them down the stretch. He will be important in stopping Giannis when he is on the court.

Miami are 8.5 underdogs here but should cover that large spread. If Butler does miss out then there may be reason to be cautious, but even without him Miami can pull off the upset.

Dave Gray's Regular Season NBA 2019/20 P/L

Staked: 156
Returns: 146.70
P/L: -9.30

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