Heat, Pacers continue Eastern Finals
LeBron James and the Miami Heat will get a chance to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night as those teams meet in Game 2 of the set.
Miami pulled out a 103-102 overtime victory as an 8.5-point home favorite on the NBA betting lines in Game 1 of the series on Wednesday night. James had 30 points for the Heat in that Game 1 win, while Paul George led the Pacers with 27 points.
The Heat sport records of 66-16 and 46-36 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Pacers sit at 49-32 and 42-39 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 43-39 for the Heat and 39-42 for the Pacers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
For bettors going with the Heat in this one, they were listed earlier as 7-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 181 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Heat, currently No. 6 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Pacers, who rate No. 2 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 104-100 victory for the Heat.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Miami's No. 30-rated squad against Indiana's No. 1-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Miami rates No. 3 in the league with 8.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 16 with 6.9 per outing.
Defensively, the Pacers feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, giving up 91.6 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the league in scoring at home.
The Pacers were a 103-102 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Heat. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (205) made winners of OVER bettors. The Pacers wasted a 27-point performance from Paul George as Miami ran past them 103-102 on Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Miami are 7-3
After playing Miami are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Indiana are 8-2
After playing Indiana are 7-3
After a win are 9-1
A few Pacers at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games when playing Miami
Indiana is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Indiana's last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games on the road
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games when playing Indiana
Indiana home to Miami, Sunday, May 26
Miami at Indiana, Sunday, May 26