NBA Handicapping Predictions – Heat vs Pacers
The Pacers won Game 2 and while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 52 points in the game these 2 stars got no help with no Miami player going for more than 5 points.
Venue/ Stadium: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Time/Date: 7 PM EST Thursday, May 17, 2012
NBA Odds From: Bovada
Spread (ATS): Heat -1
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Not only did James and Wade get no help, but they missed key shots in crunch time in Game 2 and they need to do that in tonight’s game and have some other players to step up on offense or they may go down 2-1 in this series.
NBA lines have the Heat as slight 1-point favorites in this away game with a total of 181.5.
In Game 2 the Pacers beat the Heat 78-75.
This season the Heat are 37-36 ATS with an O/U record of 27-44-2 and the Pacers are 36-37 ATS with an O/U record of 36-35-2.
Both teams were ice cold shooting the rock in Game 2, but the Pacers had a solid 3rd quarter and that was the key. The Heat cannot have lapses like they did in Game 2 and they must play better interior defense against the F duo of Danny Granger and David West, who combined for 27 points in Game 2.
Chris Bosh missed Game 2 and he is likely to miss Game 3 and while his offense will be missed his D, especially his work on the glass, also will be missed. In Game 2 the Heat were out-rebounded by 10 boards and 3 Pacers players grabbed at least 10 rebounds. LeBron James will need to play well on the glass as will Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier,
The Heat were 1/16 from beyond the 3-point arc in Game 2 and for the series are now 1/22. Even though they missed all 6 of their 3-pointers in Game 1 they still cruised to a win and James and Wade need to attack the rim and not settle for the jumper. [soliloquy id=”82219″]
The Pacers G duo of George Hill and Paul George each shot under 50% from the floor in Game 2, but did combine for 25 points. These guys need to hit some outside shots so it opens up the lane from their frontcourt players.
Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers, and Mike Miller were a combined 4/18 from the field in Game 2 and these are the guys that need to help Wade and James out in the scoring department.
In some betting trends for this Eastern Conference playoff match up the Heat are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, and they have an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
The Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a home underdog, and they have an Over record of 9-4 in their last 13 games as a home underdog.
Jason’s Pick: I do not think the Heat will shoot terribly like they did in Game 2 and while this will be a close game I think the Heat will pull it out and take back home court advantage.