With the D-league season on the way, the Miami Heat are looking to build a winning record, but a team that lost to the Brooklyn Nets in six games last week has the luxury of not facing any of the big-market teams that play in the regular season.
The Heat’s D-zone defense, which has struggled in the D since its inaugural season in 2014-15, will have to do a better job to stop Brooklyn’s quick start and its elite offense.
The Nets have won 11 of the past 15 meetings, but the Heat have not won in Miami since April 2.
The Brooklyn Nets (27-31) are averaging 109.7 points, including the league-leading 88.3 in a 113-94 win on Friday night.
Miami, which had a chance to tie the Nets for the best record in the NBA, lost 102-95 at home to Philadelphia on Thursday.
DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Kelly Olynyk added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who won for the second time in three games.
The teams meet for the first time since a 114-101 loss on Nov. 25.
Miami has won the last two meetings.
The Pacers, the league’s No. 2 seed, have won five of seven.
Paul George had a career-high 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Indiana (21-31).
He had 21 points and eight assists in a 97-85 loss to Detroit on Friday.
The Pistons, who have dropped eight of nine, have scored 105.5 points in their last five games.
They also have scored 106.6 in their past seven games.
Detroit had won four of five before Thursday’s defeat.
Detroit has won eight of the last nine meetings.
Brandon Jennings has averaged 17.6 points and 17.0 rebounds in the last four games against the Heat, but he scored only nine points on 8-of-14 shooting against Brooklyn.
Jennings has scored 26.5 per game in his last three games against Miami, but that mark has dropped to 17.4 against the Nets.
He had 11 points in the Pacers’ loss to the Pistons on Wednesday.