Pro Basketball Betting Odds and Picks: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers
Tuesday, 1/8/13, 7:00 PM EST, TV: FSIN
Opening Point Spread: Miami -2.5
Current Betting Line: Miami -2
Opening Total: 188
Current Total: 187
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Miami has alternated wins and losses over its last three games, coming off a 99-71 victory over the Washington Wizards as 13.5-point home favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the total in consecutive contests. The Heat will certainly be challenged in this affair, as they’ve gone 9-35 in Indianapolis during the regular season. “We’re going to see where we’re at,” stated Heat forward Chris Bosh. Miami is 0-2 ATS as a road favorite of three points or less this season, which can’t be ignored when making your pro basketball picks Tuesday night.
The Heat are 7-6 overall on the road this season, including a losing 3-4 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents. Miami is led by the play of forward LeBron James, who is averaging 26.5 points per game, while also managing to score at least 20 points in the first 32 games of the 2012-13 NBA season. In the last four games, the team has committed just 9.5 turnovers per game, which is much better than the 14.4 it committed through the first 28 contests. James averaged 30.0 points and 10.8 rebounds against the Pacers in last year’s playoff series.
Indiana has won three of its last four games, including a 95-80 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, while going UNDER the total for a fourth straight time. The Packers are allowing just 89.8 points per game due to holding foes to an NBA-low 41.4 percent shooting from the field, which is important to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page. “It takes all of us,” commented Pacers guard George Hill. “We’re buying into it.” The team is 12-3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this year, including a 5-1 mark versus conference foes. Indiana is 10-17 ATS when playing with two days rest over the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 17-11 in that situation.
The Pacers have failed to score at least 90 points 14 times this season, which has led to an even 7-7 record in those contests. Indiana has averaged 15.4 turnovers per game, while forcing the opposition into just 13.1, which has led to the squad averaging just 12.5 fast break points per game.
Sports bettors will likely back the Pacers due to their 9-6 ATS mark at home, while the Heat are 0-5 ATS versus Central division opponents.
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