Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/11/14
Indiana Pacers (54-25) at Miami Heat (53-25)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, SUN, NBATV
The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat will play Friday in a game that could decide the top seed in the East. The Pacers lead the series 2-1 and have a slight edge in the standings.
The Pacers finally got back on track Wednesday with a 104-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks despite sitting their starters. Still, the Pacers have lost seven of their last 10 games. On the season, the Pacers average 96.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allow 92.3 points on 42 percent shooting. During this losing stretch, however, the Pacers have been held under 90 points offensively seven times in their last 10 games and are allowing teams to score 101.6 points in their last five games. The Indiana Pacers are 36-42-1 ATS overall and 16-23 ATS on the road.
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The Heat have lost three of their last four games and seem to be getting ready for the playoffs by resting some of their starters. Dwyane Wade has missed eight straight games. On the season, the Heat average 102.8 points on 50.4 percent shooting and allow 97.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting. With key players resting, LeBron James continues to shoulder the load, averaging 31 points and shooting 40.9 percent from three in his last five games. The Heat are shooting 49.3 percent from the field as a team during that stretch. The Miami Heat are 36-40-2 ATS overall and 17-21-1 ATS at home.
The Pacers are 5-21 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
This is a game that I'd avoid, as you aren't sure which team is going to show up. However, there is a lot on the line for both teams and the Pacers are well rested after sitting their starters. I'll take a shot with the points if forced to pick.