Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers - 11/12/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (2-6) at Miami Heat (5-2)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -8 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers look for their first road win tonight when they pay a visit to the Miami Heat.
Still without injured starters David West, George Hill and Paul George, the Indiana Pacers have really struggled on a nightly basis, but thanks to a season-high 29 points from Roy Hibbert, the Pacers were able to snap a six-game losing streak and beat the Jazz by 97-86 on Monday. AJ Price made the most of his 25 minutes off the bench, scoring 22 points on eight of 12 shooting while Donald Sloan struggled in his starting role, scoring just two points on one of nine shooting. Defensively, the Pacers just couldn't stop the Jazz's Gordon Hayward in the first three quarters where he scored 26 points, but they held him to just four points in the deciding quarter and outscored the Jazz by 25-17. Despite the win, Indiana are still only 2-6 on the season and 2-3 at home.
USA TODAY Sports
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have really looked good to start the season, winning five of their first seven games including an impressive 105-96 win over the Mavericks on Sunday. Chris Bosh continued his hot form with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Dwyane Wade added 20 points and 10 assists, but the biggest positive from the night was the play of Luol Deng who hadn't scored more than 18 points this season, but punished the Mavericks with 30 points on 13 of 19 shooting. With the win, Miami improves to 5-2 overall and 2-1 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against teams with winning records and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the Pacers are only 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Miami.
Just a handful of games into the season and we can already see that these two teams are destined for opposite ends of the Eastern Conference standings. The Pacers will be relieved after snapping their losing streak on Monday, but I can see them falling into another one, starting tonight. I'm taking the Heat to win and cover at home for sure.