Pacers meet the Heat down in Miami
The Indiana Pacers will be looking to beat the Miami Heat for the second straight time on Wednesday night as those Eastern Conference powers hit the hardwood in NBA betting action.
The Pacers topped the Heat 90-84 as a 3.5-point home favorite on the NBA odds when the teams met for the first time this season on December 10. That was the fourth UNDER result in a row in games between the Pacers and the Heat since last year.
The Pacers will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 16-8 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Heat are 12-12 ATS. Indiana is 10-14 against the total, while Miami is 14-10 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Heat - Pacers odds would favor the Pacers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Miami is rated No. 11 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Pacers sit at No. 3. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 99-97 win for the Heat.
Last time out for Indiana, they were a 101-96 loser as they battled the Pistons at home. The Pacers failed to cover in the match as a 11-point favorite, while 197 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Indiana got 23 points from Lance Stephenson but lost anyway 101-96 against the Pistons on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Miami was a 117-94 winner in its last match at home against the Jazz. They covered the 12-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 211 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Utah was run off the court by the Heat on Monday as Miami blasted the Jazz 117-94 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Pacers rank No. 10 in the league with 44 per game. That compares with Miami’s No. 30 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Miami is the NBA’s No. 12-ranked team at 8.12 per game, while the Pacers rate No. 18 with 7.21 per contest.
A few Pacers at Heat trends to consider:
Indiana is 16-7 ATS in its last 23 games
Indiana is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
Indiana is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Miami is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games
Miami is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Miami is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Indiana home to Houston, Friday, December 20th
Miami home to Sacramento, Friday, December 20th