Two teams that finished the regular season of the NBA with identical records will face each other in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. The Indiana Pacers (44-28), who have lost only once in their last four games, will face the Miami Heat (44-28). On the other hand, the Heat have won once in their last five.
Date/Time: 08-18-2020, 16:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers +4.5 Total: +215
Pacers finished the regular season a 44-28 record (40-30-3 ATS). They were placed 4th in the East. They are 3-1 in their last 4 games. In their last game, they won against the Heat, 109-92. They were the underdogs with +1.5 and managed to cover the spread.
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TJ Warren leads the team in scoring with 19.8 ppg, adding 4.2 rebounds. He has been godlike in Orlando, averaging 34.8 ppg and 6.6 rebounds. He shot 60.5% in FG’s and 55.6% in 3-pointers.
Heat also had a 44-28 record in the regular season (36-35-2 ATS. They were placed 5th in the East. They are 1-4 in their last 5 games. In their last game they lost against the Pacers, 92-109. They failed to cover the -1.5 spread.
Jimmy Butler leads the team both in scoring with 19.9 ppg and in assists made with 6. He also adds 6.7 rebounds per game.
Miami leads Indiana 3-1 wins this season.
They were 1-1 in the Orlando bubble.
Heat are better offensively (112.3 to 109.4), while Pacers are better defensively (107.7 to 109.1).
Pacers have a better FG% (47.6% to 46.9%), while Heat have a better 3pt% (38.1% to 36.3%).
Miami is better in rebounding (44.3 to 42.7), while Indiana is better in turnovers committed (13.2 to 14.8). Both teams are very close in assists made (26.1 to 25.8).
Bookmakers give the Heat a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They are more experienced than the Pacers and determined to dominate them.
Heat vs Pacers Prediction: Miami Heat -4.5 (-113)
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