Two teams sitting within the top-8 of the Eastern Conference are clashing today, when the Miami Heat (24-26), looking to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the Indiana Pacers (32-19), who have lost their star player for the season and as a result have lost their last 4 games.
Date/Time: 02-02-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat -3
Miami Heat have a 24-26 record (26-24 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Thunder with a 102-118 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Josh Richardson with 17.4 ppg, adding 3.7 boards and 3.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Goran Dragic with 15.3 ppg, 3.1 boards and a team high 4.9 dimes per game but he is out with an injury.
Indiana Pacers have a 32-19 record (25-26 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Celtics in the fourth place of the East. They have four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Magic with a 100-107 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 18.8 ppg, adding 5.6 boards and 5.2 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 16.1 ppg and 4 boards per game.
Pacers have won both previous meetings against the Heat earlier this season by an average of 8 points. Heat have a 11-14 home record, while the Pacers are 14-12 on the road. Pacers are better both offensively, scoring 108.1 ppg to Heat’s 105.3 and defensively, allowing 103.9 ppg to Heat’s 105.5. They also have better percentages both in field goals (47.6% to 44.3%) and in 3-pointers (36.9% to 35.3%). Pacers are also better both in dimes made (25.9 to 23.7) and in turnovers committed (13.7 to 14.3), while Heat are only better in boards grabbed (46.6 to 43.5). Heat are the favorite in this game and Vegas odds give them a -3 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win.
Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat Prediction: Miami Heat -3 (-108)
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