Pacers vs Heat Prediction - NBA Picks 12/2/23

Miami Heat (11-8) vs Indiana Pacers (9-8)

Game Info: Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Kaseya Center)

Betting Odds: Miami Heat -3.5 -- Over/Under: 241.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat duke it out at the Kaseya Center on Saturday night. Here's a Pacers vs Heat prediction. 

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have been in a bit of a rut as they've lost three of their last four games overall (Raptors, Blazers, and Heat) and they will be hoping to bounce back here after getting burned by the Heat in a 142-132 road loss on Thursday. Tyrese Haliburton led the team with 42 points and 10 assists on 15 of 28 shooting, Obi Toppin added 25 points on 10 of 15 shooting while Myles Turner tallied 13 points with nine rebounds and two assists. As a team, the Pacers shot 51 percent from the field and 11 of 43 from the 3-point line as they got off to a flyer with 73 points in the first half to build an early 13-point lead, but they didn't put the Heat away and it cost them as they leaked 78 points in the second half to lose by double-digits in the end.

Miami Heat

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat will be eager to build some momentum after putting a halt to a three-game skid with a 142-132 win over the Pacers on Thursday. Jimmy Butler led the team with 36 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, Jaime Jacquez Jr provided the spark off the bench with 24 points, Josh Richardson scored 19 points on eight of 11 shooting while Duncan Robinson chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Heat shot 55 percent from the field and eight of 21 from the 3-point line as they had trouble containing the Pacers early on and trailed by 13 points before they came to life with 45 points in the fourth quarter to snatch the game away and improve to 5-2 at home this season.

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Miami Heat Player Facts

  • Kyle Lowry ranks 6th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for 3P% (46.0%) this season.
  • Duncan Robinson ranks 12th amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.1) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Heat rank 29th in the league for blocks per game this season (3.3).
  • The Heat rank 28th in the league for field goal attempts per game this season (85.8).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (127.9).
  • The Pacers rank 30th in the league for opponent points per game this season (125.8).

Pacers vs Heat Prediction

The Pacers could be shorthanded here with Tyrese Haliburton listed as questionable here, while the Heat are still missing Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro. The Pacers weren't able to hang with the Heat on Thursday despite 42 points from Haliburton, so it's hard to imagine them having much of chance if Haliburton sits this one out. The Heat have been well below their best so far this season, but they showed that they have the edge in depth on Thursday and I think we're going to see that again as the Heat bench provide support once again.

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

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