With a series win on the line the Miami Heat will be gunning for another easy ATS victory on Thursday night as they play on the road against the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of their playoff set.
The Heat had no trouble paying off on the NBA lines at the sportsbooks in Game 5 on Tuesday night, winning 115-83 at home to take 3-2 series lead. LeBron James had 30 points in the contest.
Supporters of the Heat have seen them go 46-20 and 32-34 ATS so far this season, while the Pacers are at 42-24 and 32-34 ATS. In totals betting, the Pacers are 34-30-2, while the Heat are 25-39-2.
The Heat are listed as 3-point favorites at many online sportsbooks including , with the total listed at 181 over at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 4-rated Pacers and the No. 5-ranked Heat, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 102-99 result in favor of the Heat.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Indiana's No. 4-rated squad against Miami's No. 21-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Indiana rates No. 19 in the league with 5.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 20 with 5.6 per outing.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Heat own the league's No. 10-rated mark, allowing 95.5 points per game when on the road. Indiana, on the other hand, rates No. 12 in home scoring.
The Pacers were a 115-83 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Heat. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (198) made winners of OVER bettors. Indiana was crushed on Tuesday, getting run out of the gym by Miami and falling 115-83 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2
A few Heat at Pacers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Miami's last 16 games
Miami is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing Indiana
Miami is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Indiana is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games when playing at home against Miami
Indiana is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Indiana is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games at home
Miami home to Indiana, Saturday, May 26
Indiana at Miami, Saturday, May 26