Indiana Pacers (45-30) at Miami Heat (46-29)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 3:30 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -5 -- Over/Under: 214 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers meet Saturday in game three of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.
The Indiana Pacers need a victory here to have any shot of winning this series, as they’re currently down 0-2. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 100.5 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 48.4 percent shooting. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 19.5 points and 9.5 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18 points and seven rebounds. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Victor Oladipo is dishing two assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 44.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game.
The Miami Heat can all but put this series to bed with a victory and a 3-0 lead. The Miami Heat are averaging 111 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 23 points and five rebounds while Goran Dragic is averaging 22 points and 5.5 assists. Duncan Robinson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Herro is dishing 3.5 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 44.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game.
The Pacers are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Heat are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as a favorite. The under is 5-0 in Pacers last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Heat last 5 overall. The Pacers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Miami and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Indiana Pacers have shown through two games that they just don't have the offensive firepower to keep up with the Heat. The Miami Heat have been one of the more impressive offensive teams in the playoffs through two games and they're locking in defensively by giving Andre Iguodala more minutes down the stretch. I just don't see the adjustments the Pacers can make to get back in this series. I'll lay the small number with the Heat, as they inch closer toward completing the sweep.