Heat set to tip off against the Pacers
The top two teams in the Eastern Conference will take the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night as the Indiana Pacers play host to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
The Heat knocked the Pacers out of the playoffs last season, topping them in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. That has Miami 5-5 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games against the Pacers, with the OVER/UNDER 6-4 in those outings.
Supporters of the Heat have seen them go 16-5 and 11-10 ATS so far this season, while the Pacers are at 18-3 and 15-6 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pacers are 8-13, while the Heat are 12-9.
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 2-rated Pacers and the No. 13-rated Heat in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 99-97 win for the Pacers on Tuesday.
Miami won its last outing, a 110-95 result against the Pistons on December 8. The Heat covered in that game as a 3.5-point favorite, while the 205 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Heat grabbed a 110-95 win over the Pistons on Sunday, behind a 24-point effort from LeBron James at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Heat rank No. 30 in the league with 35.57 per game. That compares with Indiana’s No. 9 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Indiana is the NBA’s No. 17-ranked team at 7.33 per game, while the Heat rate No. 9 with 8.43 per contest.
A few Heat at Pacers trends to consider:
Miami is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
Miami is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games
Miami is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Indiana is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Indiana is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Indiana's last 24 games
Miami home to Cleveland, Saturday, December 14th
Indiana home to Charlotte, Friday, December 13th