Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat - 3/26/14
Miami Heat (48-21) at Indiana Pacers (51-20)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 186.5 See the Latest Odds
Lebron James and the Miami Heat travel to Indiana to take on Paul George and the Pacers in a possible preview of the Eastern Conference finals.
Head to head, the Heat are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Indiana while the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Pacers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Heat on the other hand are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Just how much have the Indiana Pacers struggled over the last couple of months? Well, they have only covered the spread in six of their last 26 games, which is a pretty remarkable number for a team that sits atop of the Eastern Conference. While their defense remains the best in the league, their offense continues to be their downfall as this team is coming off 71 and 77-point outings in their last two matches.
While Indiana has been one of the worst teams to bet on since before the All-Star break, they are still 32-4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season, which is the best mark in the league. That bodes well considering the Miami Heat come into tonight's contest having failed to cover the number in each of their last six games away from South Beach. The Pacers can also draw confidence in that the home team has won each of the last six meetings between the two, while covering the spread in five of those.
As far as Miami's form goes, they are only 5-5 in their last 10 (same as Indiana) overall, but they have won four of six following their 93-91 win over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. In general, the Heat have been a poor against the spread team, going 30-37-2 so far this season.
Truth be told, neither team is playing great basketball at the moment. Given the home team has won the last six meetings and the fact that the Pacers have lost just four times at home this season, they are my pick in this one...
Dan’s Pick: Indiana -1.5
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