Pacers at Heat Prediction - NBA Picks 2/8/23

Miami Heat (29-25) vs Indiana Pacers (25-30)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Miami-Dade Arena)

Betting Odds: Miami Heat -6.5 -- Over/Under: 224 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Indiana Pacers pay a visit to the Miami Heat at the FTX Arena on Wednesday night.

The Indiana Pacers have been in terrible shape as they’ve lost 12 of their last 14 games overall and they will be hoping for a better performance after getting thrashed by the Cavaliers in a 122-103 loss on Sunday. Myles Turner led the team in scoring with 27 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, Buddy Hield added 16 points while Tyrese Haliburton tallied 15 points with 11 assists. As a team, the Pacers shot just 43 percent from the field and eight of 32 from the 3-point line, but they got nothing from their reserves as no bench player finished in double figures in scoring which is why they could never really threaten after falling behind by double-digits in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have been in a bit of a rut as they’ve lost three of their past four games and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after falling short to the Bucks in a 123-115 road loss on Saturday. Jimmy Butler led the team with 32 points, eight rebounds and three assists, Tyler Herro added 24 points with six assists while Bam Adebayo tallied 16 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists. As a team, the Heat shot 44 percent from the field and eight of 31 from the 3-point line as they poured in 36 points in the second quarter to erase an early 12-point deficit, only to go cold in the fourth quarter where the Bucks opened with a pivotal 8-0 run to pull away and escape in the end.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 0-7 ATS in their last seven road games, 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Heat are 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 home games, 37-15 ATS in their last 52 games playing on three or more days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings overall.

The Pacers could be shorthanded as Chris Duarte is listed as questionable, while the Heat have ruled out Kyle Lowry and Victor Oladipo once again. The Pacers have been mired in their worst slump of the season and their confidence took another hit after getting destroyed by the Cavaliers on Sunday. The Heat have been a little below their best lately as their dealing with key injuries, but they should be well-rested as they haven’t played since Saturday, so I’m expecting them to come out swinging here.  The Pacers 0-7 ATS in their last seven road games and I think that trend continues as the Heat get a much-needed win at home.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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