Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/18/14 Game One
Miami Heat (54-28) at Indiana Pacers (56-26)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers +2-- Over/Under: 181 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers will play game one of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday afternoon. These two teams split the season series at two games apiece.
The Heat got passed the Charlotte Bobcats and Brooklyn Nets to get to this point and have played a total of nine games. In the Heat’s last five games, they’re averaging 97.8 points on 49.7 percent shooting and allowing 92.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting. LeBron James continues to carry much of the load for this team, as he’s shooting 56.4 percent from the field and is averaging 30 points throughout the playoffs. Dwyane Wade is averaging just 34.2 minutes per game during the playoffs, but is shooting 50 percent from the field and has scored 20-plus points in two of his last three games. The Miami Heat are 43-46-2 ATS overall and 22-22-1 ATS on the road.
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The Pacers needed 13 games to get rid of the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards. In the Pacers last five games, they’ve averaged 87.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowed 83.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Paul George is shooting 41.8 percent from three and averaging 21.9 points throughout the playoffs. However, the key for the Pacers to hang in this series will be the play of Roy Hibbert, who shot 54.9 percent and averaged 12.3 points in the Washington series. The Pacers will also have to rely on their defense, as they’re 7-1 SU in the playoffs when holding their opponent under 100 points. The Indiana Pacers are 45-49-1 ATS overall and 23-24-1 ATS at home.
The Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games. The Heat are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Indiana.
Sorry, but this series is going to be quick and painless for the Heat. No matter what the Pacers say or how they looked against the Wizards, they simply can't compete with the Heat in their current state. Take the Heat to cover the low spread in this game and thank me later.