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Miami favored by 2.5 against Indiana on Friday

Miami HeatIndiana Pacers
Feb 1, 7:00 PM | Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers Odds

29-13TEAM RECORD27-19

The Indiana Pacers will try to upset LeBron James and the Miami Heat once again on Friday night as those teams hit the hardwood in NBA betting action for the second time this season.

Indiana managed to beat Miami 87-77 as a home underdog of 1.5 points back on January 8, putting an end to the Heat's three-game SU and ATS winning streak against the Pacers. That January matchup turned out to be an UNDER result for NBA totals bettors.

The Pacers will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in NBA wagering action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Pacers currently sports a record of 27-19, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 24-22 ATS. The Heat are 29-13 and 21-21 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Pacers post a 18-28 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Heat have gone 20-22 against the number.

View Miami vs Indiana Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Pacers sat as 2.5-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 185.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pacers at No. 5 and the Heat at No. 11 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 101-97 result in favor of the Heat.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Indiana's No. 1-rated squad against Miami's No. 30-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Indiana rates No. 17 in the league with 6.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 6 with 8.4 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Heat own the league's No. 11-rated mark, allowing 97.2 points per game when playing on the road. Indiana, on the other hand, rates No. 27 in scoring on their home court.

Miami won its last outing, a 105-85 result against the Nets on January 30. The Heat covered in that game as a 2.5-point favorite, while the 190 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Miami cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Brooklyn out of the gym and running up a 105-85 score at Barclays Center.

Indiana won its last outing, a 98-79 result against the Pistons on January 30. The Pacers covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite, while the 177 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Indiana got 18 points from Roy Hibbert en route to a 98-79 victory over Detroit on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Toronto are 7-3
After playing Brooklyn are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Chicago are 3-7
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Heat at Pacers trends to consider:
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Miami is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing Indiana
Miami is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Miami is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Indiana's last 9 games at home
Indiana is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Indiana's last 16 games

Next up:
Miami at Toronto, Sunday, February 3
Indiana home to Chicago, Monday, February 4