Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/18/13
Indiana Pacers (20-4) at Miami Heat (18-6)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -4 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers head to Miami on Wednesday to face off against the Heat.
The Miami Heat are sitting at 18-6 on the year, and while that isn’t an absolutely stellar record, the Heat still hold a commanding 5.5 game lead in the division. Miami is ranked in the top ten in the league currently in both scoring offense, and scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 96 points per game, while scoring 103.7 per game so far. The Heat have won two in a row heading into this meeting with the Pacers, and four out of their last five.
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The Indiana Pacers are currently atop many power rankings in the NBA, as the Pacers are 20-4 on the year. Indiana is starting to pull away from the pack in the Central division, a division that normally isn’t decided until late. The Pacers offense isn’t that exciting, scoring just under 98 points per game this season, but the defense is what sets this team apart. The Pacers are ranked first in the league currently, holding opponents to an average of 90 points per game on the season so far.
The Pacers are a perfect 8-0 against the spread in their last eight games when playing on a single days rest and the Pacers are 11-1 against the spread in their last 12 games following an ATS loss.
Miami is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games after scoring triple digits in the previous game and the Heat are 5-2 against the spread following a straight up win by ten points or more. The under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the Heat and the Pacers, and the home team is 5-0 against the spread in the last five meetings.
I capped this out to Miami minus three so with them laying four I am taking the Pacers here with the points.
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