Miami Heat (6-8) at Indiana Pacers (8-6)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -5 -- Over/Under: 213 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers play host to the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night.
The Miami Heat have been in a bit of a slump as they’ve lost six of their last nine games but they will be feeling pretty good after snapping a three-game skid with a 120-107 win at Brooklyn on Wednesday. Tyler Johnson led the team with 24 points off the bench, Goran Dragic added 21 points with four assists while Josh Richardson chipped in with 15 points and five assists. As a team, the Heat shot 54 percent from the field and eight of 29 from the three-point line and they never looked in danger after storming out the gates to lead by as many as 22 points early in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in a bit of a rut with three losses in their last four outings and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the Rockets in a 115-103 road loss on Sunday. Victor Oladipo led the team with 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points with six assists while Thaddeus Young and Darren Collison each scored 13 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 46 percent from the field and 11 of 29 from the three-point line but they were always fighting a losing battle after a nightmare second quarter where they were outscored by 44-23. OIadipo shot just seven of 24 from the field, but the problems were on the defensive end as they just had no answer for the Rockets’ James Harden who drained eight 3-pointers en route to a game-high 40 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Heat are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games following a win, 1-8-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a win of more than 10 points and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. The Pacers are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games against the Eastern Conference.
Head to head, the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, the Heat are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings and 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Indiana.
The Heat really needed a win after losing three in a row and they were able to put it all together against the lowly Nets in their win on Wednesday. However, the Pacers are going through a slump of their own at the moment but they haven't played since Sunday so they will be well-rested for this one. This game could go either way but I have to favor the Pacers at home after a long layoff.