Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers - 8/18/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Miami Heat (44-29) at Indiana Pacers (45-28)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Indiana Pacers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 216 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers meet Tuesday in game one of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.
The Miami Heat enter the playoffs losing seven of their last 11 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 112 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 19.9 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 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.
The Indiana Pacers entrepreneur the playoffs winning eight of their last 11 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 109.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting. TJ Warren is averaging 19.8 points and 4.2 rebounds while Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 16.5 points and 7.1 assists. Victor Oladipo is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Turner is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game.
The Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pacers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 13-6-1 in Heat last 20 overall. The under is 4-1 in Pacers last 5 overall. The Heat are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Indiana and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Miami Heat have dominated the Indiana Pacers in the last two meetings when both clubs were playing to win. I don't count the Friday game much when both teams were resting their starters. When these teams met the first time in the bubble, the Heat held the Pacers to 39 percent shooting from the field and won by 22 points. It doesn't help the Pacers that T.J. Warren is battling a foot issue and may have to play the rest of the season in pain if he gives it a go. The Heat are the better team here and should be able to set the tone early while covering the small number.