Miami Heat Outlook
The Miami Heat are in desperate need of a win against the Pacers after dropping six of their last seven. As a team, the Heat are averaging 106.3 points per game while with 45.8% shooting allowing 107.6 points per game with 44% shooting against.
Leading the Heat is Jimmy Butler, who is averaging for the season 21.5 points per game and 7.3 assists. Following Butler is Bam Adebayo, with an average of 19.4 points and 9.6 rebounds.
In their last game against, the Heat took a victory over the New York Knicks, 98-88, while shooting 42.5% from the field. In that matchup, Butler led the Heat in scoring with 27 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Adebayo put up 20 points with 17 rebounds and four assists.
Indiana Pacers Outlook
The Indiana Pacers will be looking for a win after splitting their last twelve games and coming off a loss to the Washington Wizards. As a team, the Pacers are averaging 113.3 points per game on 47.1% percent shooting while allowing 113 points per game on 47.1% shooting.
The Pacers are led by Malcolm Brogdon, who is averaging 21.5 points per game and 4.7 rebounds. Following Brogdan is Domantas Sabonis, who is averaging 20.4 points per game and six assists.
In their most recent loss to the Washington Wizards, the Pacers were unable to control Russell Westbrook, who recorded a triple-double. Sabonis put up 35 points against the Wizards with 11 rebounds and six assists, along with Brogdon, who had 26 points, four rebounds, and eight assists.
Trends to Consider
In their last ten games overall, the Heat are 3-7 ATS. The Pacers are 4-6 ATS in their last ten games.
The Heat will be hoping to pick up another win on the road against the Pacers after dropping six straight of their last seven, while the Pacers have been an inconsistent team that has been difficult to track this season. The Pacers have struggled on the defensive end of the court and have been inconsistent with their offensive stars in Brogdan and Sabonis.
Meanwhile, the Heat proved against the Knicks that they could break down a solid defense and control the pace of the game. The Pacers will hope that they can turn the ship around following two road losses to the Bucks and Wizards, but we are feeling more comfortable with taking the Heat in this game as they seem to be settling into a certain confidence as the end of the season approaches and they try to fight for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. While the Pacers have a great high-powered offense, the Heat have been good and getting better at controlling the pace of games and slowing down some of the faster-paced teams in the NBA this season.
Pick: Heat -1.5
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