The Indiana Pacers will be looking for some revenge when they hit the road to take on the Miami Heat on Friday night.
After getting swept out of last season’s playoffs in four swift games by Miami, Indiana will look to extract a small measure of revenge on Friday night. The bad news is that Indy is struggling mightily right now while Miami has been red-hot for the better part of the last month.
With both teams looking to bounce back from losses in their last games, let’s find out where the best NBA betting value lies in this Eastern Conference clash so you can place your bets against their NBA odds.
NBA Betting Odds & Picks – Indiana Looking For Revenge Against Miami
Indiana Pacers (17-22) Vs Miami Heat (22-19) Match Info
- When: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET
- Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
- TV: Fox Sports SunFox Sports Indiana
- Radio: WAXY 790 / WAQI 71093.5/107.5 The Fan
Pacers Looking To Pick Up The Pace
Pardon the pun, but the Pacers are looking to pick up the pace in a big way as we move further into the second half of the season. Indiana has last two straight, four of five and eight of its last 10 games overall. The Pacers were on the wrong end of a 124-115 home loss against Brooklyn on Wednesday night. Malcolm Brogdon scored a team-high 24 points and Domantas Sabonis had a triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
“All four games after the break in the fourth quarter, we’ve struggled,” Sabonis said. “I don’t know. We’re not getting stops when we need to.”
Caris LeVert scored 19 points in his Pacers home debut since returning from kidney surgery three games ago.
“I’m trying to get past the return part as much as possible,” LeVert said. “I wish we could have got the win.”
Indiana is averaging 112.6 points per game to rank 15th in scoring. Defensively, the Pacers are allowing 112.8 points per contest (20th).
Miami Heating Up As Season Progresses
Miami had its five-game winning streak snapped in Wednesday’s 89-85 road loss against Memphis. Still, the Heat have gone a blistering 11-2 over their last 13 games dating back to Feb. 18. Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 24 points while Bam Adebayo added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Duncan Robinson added 13 points and Tyler Herro chipped in 11 points.
“I am encouraged by our competitive spirit, playing a game in the mud,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Possession game, down the stretch, everything did matter.”
Miami averages a modest 106.3 points per game (27th), but limits the opposition to just 106.8 points per game to rank a stellar third in points allowed. The Heat have gone 12-8 at home this season.
Expert Analysis and Prediction18
Indiana has gone 0-2 ATS over its last two games and a pitiful 1-9 ATS over its last 10 games overall. Miami has alternated ATS wins and losses over its last eight games while going 6-4 ATS over its last 10. Miami is 4-0 ATS in the last four head-to-head meetings against Indy and 6-1 ATS over the last seven meetings overall. Simply put, I like the Heat to win and cash in against what should be a manageable spread.
Pick: Miami 108 Indiana 102