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Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/10/13

Miami Heat (16-5) at Indiana Pacers (18-3)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Indiana Pacers -3 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds

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The Miami Heat have a tough challenge ahead of them on Tuesday, as the Heat head to Indiana to face off against the Pacers.

The Indiana Pacers are one of the elite teams in the league right now, as the Pacers are sitting at 18-3 this season, while going a perfect 9-0 at home.  Indiana has the top rated scoring defense in the league, allowing just 89.5 points per game, and if the Pacers can stay healthy, and keep up the strong D all season long, Indiana will be a tough out.  The Pacers are coming back home after a five game road trip, that saw Indiana go 3-2 overall, with losses against the Trail Blazers and the Thunder.  The Pacers last game was on Sunday against OKC, so look for Indiana to be rested and eager to once again play in front of their home crowd.

Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/10/13

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The Miami Heat are sitting atop their division right now, with a record of 16-5 this season.  The Heat always play well at home, but on the road Miami is playing well this season as well, going 7-3 overall.  The Heat are playing balanced ball right now, ranking sixth in the league in both offensive and defensive scoring columns.  The Heat are in the tail end of their four game road stretch that has seen Miami go 2-1 so far.  Miami has had a day off after their last outing against the Pistons, and with the short trip to Indiana from Detroit, the Heat should be ready for the Pacers.

The Miami Heat are 11-10 against the spread this season, and this will be the first time all season that Miami has been listed as the underdog.  The Heat are 7-3 against the spread on the road this year, and against Central division opponents, Miami is 4-2 ATS.

The Indiana Pacers are 15-6 against the spread this season, and at home, the Pacers are 6-3 against the spread.  The under has also been the popular play for the Pacers at home as the numbers are 8-1 in favor of the under at home for Indiana.

I have to take the Pacers at home here.  It’s tough to pass up getting points with Miami, but the Heat are ending a long road stretch, while the Pacers are back home after a tough road stretch of their own. 

I sometimes don’t like playing on teams coming back from a road trip as they can sometimes relax, but the crowd should give the Pacers all the energy they need on Tuesday night.

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Indiana -3

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