Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers - 1/4/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (19-14) at Miami Heat (19-13)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -2.5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers travel to the AmericanAirlines Arena to take on the Miami Heat tonight.
The Heat have won four of their last six games and will be going for a third straight win after making light work of the Wizards in a 97-75 rout last night. Chris Bosh led the scoring with 23 points, Goran Dragic added 18 points while Gerald Green had 15 as the Heat dominated the Wizards with defense, holding them to just 34 percent shooting for the game. The Heat were particularly ruthless in the 25-7 second quarter where they allowed just two field goals to the Wizards who were without their second leading scorer in Bradley Beal. With the win, Miami improves to 20-13 on the season and 6-6 ont he road.
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Meanwhile, the Pacers had won just two of their last seven games before Paul George put the Pacers on his back and led them to a 94-82 win over the Pistons on Saturday. George Hill scored 18 points while Monta Ellis added 14, but this game was all about PG13 who scored the team's last 21 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Pacers to 19-14 on the season and 12-5 at home. Indiana has really been in a funk lately, but George's impressive fourth-quarter performance might be just the inspiration the team needs to get back on track.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Heat are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and just 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Pacers are 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings overall but the home team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
George did a fantastic job of carrying the Pacers to a much-needed win in their last outing, but the Pacers have been too disappointing lately for me to back against a Heat team coming off two straight double digit wins.