NBA Picks: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
Wednesday, 3/26/14, 8:00 PM EST
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The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers have split their first two regular-season meetings

The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers have split their first two regular-season meetings

Miami has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it attempts to build off a 93-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers as 6.5-point home favorites Monday, while going UNDER the betting total of 208.  The Heat have three of five probable starters averaging double figures, with forward LeBron James leading the way at 26.8 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks.  The team is 20-15 SU on the road, including an 11-10 mark when taking on Eastern Conference rivals.   Miami is 7-7 SU and 4-9-1 ATS in March this season.

The Heat and Pacers have split their first two regular-season meetings this season, with each team winning on their home floor.  Miami has compiled a 36-4 SU record when holding opponents to under 100 points this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.  With shooting guard Dwyane Wade in and out of the lineup, the franchise has used 18 different starting lineups during the 2013-14 campaign.

Indiana is 1-3 SUATS over its last four games, as it returns home after suffering a 89-77 defeat to the Chicago Bulls as 1.5-point underdogs Monday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fifth consecutive affair.  The Pacers have every member of their starting lineup averaging double figures, with forward Paul George leading the way at 21.8 points a contest.  The team has compiled a 32-4 SU record inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season, including a 22-1 mark versus conference rivals.  Indiana is 7-7 SU and 2-12 ATS in March this season.

The Pacers have outscored their opponents by an average of 12.8 points per game when playing at this venue—holding opponents to 39.8 percent shooting overall and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc.  Indiana is first in the league in surrendering just 35.3 points per game in the paint, while it has won 28 of 34 games when scoring 40 or more in that area on the offensive end.

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

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