Game 5 Betting Preview: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat — Betting Trends and Predictions

The Pacers must get Hibbert more than 9 shots tonight
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat
Tip off: 8 PM EST
Spread: MIA -6.5
Total: 181
M/L: MIA -335, IND +285

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Miami came back from an 8 point defect to win Game 4 by 8, and tie the series back up at 2-2.

Tonight’s game will be crucial, a swing game, and it comes on Miami’s home court.

Last game, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James impressively combined for 70 points, but the reality is that the Heat are going to need them to keep doing that. Udonis Haslem came through with a nice game, hitting 5 of his 6 shots to finish with 14 points. O

utside of Haslem, the Heat’s bench played no factor, and they have to get more from Mike Miller. Starter Shane Battier must also hit the open jumpers that he receives as a beneficiary of Wade and LBJ’s attention. The Duke product shot just 1 of 7 in game 4 and allowed Danny Granger to score 20 on the other end.

Granger, in fact, led the way for the Pacers in the losing effort. Darren Collison came off the bench to score 16 points in 20 minutes of play, but the Pacers starting backcourt of George Hill and Paul George shot just 6 of 20 from the floor.

Ideally, the Pacers still must get Roy Hibbert more involved, as well. Hibbert shot 9 times in game 4, hitting 4, but turned it over three times. He must play like the All Star he is for the Pacers to win this series.

Look for some small adjustments tonight. The Pacers will again try to slow the pace on the road, but Erik Spoelstra will seek to have his Heat running.

Miami Betting Trends:

The Heat are 37-37 ATS this year and 36-33 ATS as a favorite. They are 21-16 ATS at home and 10-11 ATS vs Central division opponents. The total has gone OVER in 26 of the 38 home games this season and it has gone OVER in 3 of the 4 games in which the total was set between 180 and 184.5. The total has gone OVER in 18 of the 25 games against teams with winning records in the second half of the season.

Indiana Betting Trends:

The Pacers are 37-38 ATS this year and 16-12 ATS as an underdog. They are 19-18 ATS in road games and 13-13 ATS vs Southeast division opponents. They are 15-31 ATS revenging a home loss against an opponents. The total has gone OVER In 8 of the 9 games this year in which the total was between 180 and 184.5 The total has gone OVER in 9 of the 13 Tuesday night games this year, and it has gone OVER in 22 of the 35 revenging a loss against an opponent.

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