Heat meet the Pacers in marquee game
The Miami Heat will be looking to snap a two-game ATS losing streak against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night as those Eastern Conference powers hit the hardwood together again.
Miami beat Indiana 97-94 at home but couldn't quite cover the 4-point spread on the NBA odds at the sportsbooks when the two teams last met on December 18. That was the first OVER result in the last five games between the Heat and Pacers.
The Pacers sit at 51-20 (35-35-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Heat are currently 48-21 (32-36-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Indiana is 29-40-2 OU, and Miami is 39-30 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
It's a betting matchup between the No. 16-rated Pacers and the No. 17-ranked Heat, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 96-95 result in favor of the Pacers.
The Heat were a 93-91 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (184) made winners of UNDER bettors. Portland was victimized by LeBron James for 32 points as the Heat defeated the Trail Blazers 93-91 in NBA action on Monday.
The Pacers were an 89-77 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (166) made winners of UNDER bettors. Indiana got 21 points from Paul George but lost anyway 89-77 against the Bulls on Monday at United Center.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Heat rank No. 30 in the league with 36.65 per game. That compares with Indiana’s No. 4 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Indiana is the NBA’s No. 24-ranked team at 6.65 per game, while the Heat rate No. 16 with 8.03 per contest.
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Indiana at Washington, Friday, March 28th