NBA Picks: Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat

Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat
Wednesday, 12/18/13, 7:00 PM EST
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The Miami Heat are 18-6 SU to start the 2013-14 NBA campaign

Indiana had its two-game winning streak snapped last time out, as it suffered a 101-96 defeat to the Detroit Pistons as 11-point home favorites Monday, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Pacers have five probable starters averaging double figures, with forward Paul George scoring 23.8 points per game, while he’s made 92 percent of his free throws over his last eight affairs.  The team is 9-3 SU on the road, including a 5-1 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents.  Indiana is 20-8 SU and 15-13 ATS off a upset loss as a favorite the last two-plus seasons.

The Packers have won four of their last five regular season games against the Heat, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks, which includes a 90-84 home victory last week.  Indiana is third in the NBA in allowing just 35.6 points per game in the paint, while it sits 10th in grabbing 44.0 rebounds per game.  Defensively, the team has tallied 154 blocks, with center Roy Hibbert leading the charge with 71 swats.

Miami has won four of its last five games, including a 117-94 victory over the Utah Jazz as 12-point home favorites Monday night, while going OVER the betting total of 198.5.  The Heat are led offensively by forward LeBron James, who is averaging 25.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.  The franchise is 11-2 SU at AmericanAirlines Arena, including a 7-2 mark versus conference rivals.  Miami is 6-1 SU and 4-3 ATS against a team with a winning record this season.

The Heat’s current 18-6 record ties their best start to a season in franchise history, which they’ve gone four previous times.  Miami has compiled a dominating 158-52 SU record at home under head coach Erik Spoelstra.  Offensively, the team must shoot better from beyond the arc in this affair, as it knocked down just 4 of 21 from 3-point range in the last matchup.

Sports bettors will likely back the Heat due to the home team covering the number in the  the last five meetings in this series.

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