Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers - 8/14/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Miami Heat (44-28) at Indiana Pacers (44-28)
NBA Basketball: Friday, August 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -1 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers meet Friday in NBA action at the AdventHealth Arena.
The Miami Heat could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 112.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.2 points and 6.7 rebounds while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.2 points and 5.1 assists. Bam Adebayo is the third double-digit scorer and Kendrick Nunn is dishing 3.3 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.
The Indiana Pacers look for a win after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 109.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 44.9 percent shooting. TJ Warren is averaging 19.8 points and 4.2 rebounds while Victor Oladipo is averaging 14.4 points and 2.8 assists. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Doug McDermott is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game.
The Heat are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Indiana and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
With the playoff matches set in stone already, you're not going to see any key players for this contest. In fact, you're not going to see much of anything in this game because these two teams will play each other in the first round. Expect a very vanilla performance from both teams, as coaches don't want to show their hand. With that said, the Heat have had the edge over the Pacers in past meetings, and they're the deeper team from top to bottom. In a battle between the backups, I'll still give the edge to the Heat. However, you probably shouldn't be betting these sort of games that are nothing more than dress rehearsals.