Heat look for 3-1 lead over Pacers
The Miami Heat can push their lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals to 3-1 on Tuesday night as they play Game 4 of the series on the road against the Indiana Pacers.
The Heat are up 2-1 on the Pacers in the set after beating them 114-96 as a 2-point road favorite in Game 3 on Sunday night, giving them their first ATS victory of the series. LeBron James led the way with a team-high 22 points for Miami that game.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Pacers currently sports a record of 49-32, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 42-39 ATS. The Heat are 66-16 and 46-36 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Pacers post a 39-42 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Heat have gone 43-39 against the number.
The visitors were sitting this morning as 3-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 185 at GTbets.eu and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Pacers and the No. 6-ranked Heat, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 104-100 result in favor of the Heat.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Heat rank No. 30 in the league with 38.6 per game. That compares with Indiana’s No. 1 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Indiana is the NBA’s No. 16-ranked team at 6.9 per game, while the Heat rate No. 3 with 8.7 per contest.
Defensively, the Heat feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.4 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 in the league in scoring at home.
The Heat were a 114-96 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pacers. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (210) made winners of OVER bettors. The Heat got 22 points from LeBron James as Miami ran past Indiana 114-96 on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Indiana are 7-3
After playing Indiana are 7-3
After a win are 8-2
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 7-3
After playing Miami are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
A few Heat at Pacers trends to consider:
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games when playing Indiana
Miami is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Miami
Indiana is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Indiana's last 10 games at home
Miami home to Indiana, Thursday, May 30
Indiana at Miami, Thursday, May 30