Heat vs. Pacers - 1/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (15-29) at Miami Heat (18-24)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, SUN
The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat square off Friday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Indiana Pacers have all but sealed their playoff fate with losses in six straight games. On the season, the Pacers are averaging 94.9 points on 42.7 percent shooting and are allowing 97.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. David West is averaging 12.6 points and seven rebounds while C.J. Miles is averaging 12.5 points and three rebounds. Rodney Stuckey is dishing 2.9 assists and Roy Hibbert is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers struggles remain the same, as this team simply can’t put the ball in the hoop with any consistency. The Pacers are able to remain competitive with a defense that’s allowing 42.6 percent shooting in their last five games. The Pacers are 7-18 SU on the road. George Hill is doubtful for this game with a groin injury.
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The Miami Heat have split their last eight games and play their third home game of 2015. On the season, the Heat are averaging 92.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 96.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.8 points and 5.5 assists while Chris Bosh is averaging 21.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Mario Chalmers is dishing 4.2 assists and Shawne Williams is shooting 44.1 percent from the field. The Miami Heat continue to stink it up offensively, as they’ve scored no more than 95 points in five straight games and are shooting 42.4 percent from the field during that stretch. The Heat are also just 7-13 SU on their home court this season. Hassan Whiteside is doubtful and Luol Deng is questionable with injuries.
The Pacers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Heat are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pacers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Miami and the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Between two struggling teams, you have to take the better of the two and the home squad. Miami should cover this small number on its home court.