NBA Betting? Heat vs Pacers Predictions
Wednesday NBA betting action sees the Miami Heat taking on the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cappers Picks provides free NBA handicapping tips all season long.
Danny Granger reunites for the first time with his old team when the Heat travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers Wednesday afternoon.
NBA Basketball Odds
Miami Heat (14-18) vs. Indiana Pacers (11-21)
Wednesday, Dec. 31
3:00 PM ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Indiana)
NBA Basketball Betting Lines: Indiana -4
NBA Basketball O/U: 188
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This will be the 2nd time the teams have met in the 2014-2015 season. In the first matchup, the Pacers defeated Miami 81-75 on the Heat’s home floor.
Putting together any sort of string of consistent basketball is something the Miami Heat need to figure out how to do, and soon. After look like one of the best teams in the NBA on Christmas Day, the Heat have dropped two in a row to Memphis and Orlando at home.
Miami will now hit the road for 7 of 8 games in hopes of getting things back on track and working their way back toward the .500 mark.
While Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh lead the charge for Miami, they’ve been receiving contributions from SF Danny Granger. Granger scored 18 points against Memphis and followed that performance up with a 21 point outburst against Orlando. Granger could not have picked a better time to get hot as he heads back to his old stomping grounds against in Indiana.
Wade recorded 25 points and Bosh contributed 20 in the team’s loss against Orlando. Like the trend of the entire season, those two lead the way for Miami, but fail to get help from others on the Heat. While Granger stepped up, nobody else could get things going from the floor Monday night.
On the road this season, Miami is 8-6 S.U.
Indiana’s record may not indicate it, but they’re playing much better basketball as of late. Falling victim to a Jimmy Butler 3 pointer in the final seconds of their Monday night contest with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana is 3-2 over their last 5 games. The Pacers sit just 3 games behind the Miami Heat for the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers struggles come from their lack of scoring. Averaging just 94.5 points a game (28th), the Pacers are shooting just 43.1 percent from the field. The leading scorer out of their starting 5 is Rodney Stuckey, who is averaging just 12.0 points a contest. Stuckey and company need to find some offense is they hope to get back into the playoff race anytime soon.
In a majority of the Pacers’s 11 victories, they’ve held the opposition to low shooting percentages and low point totals. Overall this season, Indiana is allowing just 96.3 points (2nd). They have not allowed a team to score over 100 points at home since December 13th when the Clippers dropped 103 points on them.
The Pacers are just 6-9 S.U. at home this season. They have however won 2 of their last 3 home contests.
NBA Basketball Trends:
- Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central.
- Heat are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Pacers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games.
Free 4* NBA Basketball Pick: Heat +4
Laying points with Indiana this season is tough to do. While the Heat aren’t in any type of stable position, they still have Wade and Bosh who can win a game by themselves.
Miami 94, Indiana 89
The Heat start their road swing off on a high note and win outright in Indiana.
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