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Looking for Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Pacers taking on the Heat on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(13-12) Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat (8-17)
Date: Wednesday December 14
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Miami -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 205
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The Miami Heat came away with just their eighth win of the season after beating the Washington Wizards 112-101 last game, while the Indiana Pacers were also able to pull away victorious in their last outing, dominating the Charlotte Hornets 110-94.
The Hornets did a nice job keeping the game tight through the first three quarters, but an excellent showing from Indiana in the fourth period allowed them to pull away out on top.
They outscored Charlotte 34-21 in the period, and that was just something the Hornets couldn’t recover from.
It also didn’t help that Charlotte just couldn’t find themselves a basket to save their lives (they shot 33.3% from the field as a team.)
But all of that wasn’t on the Hornets, some of it also had to do with the Pacers outstanding defensive efforts.
Indiana just refused to allow the Hornets to get off easy looks at the basket. In turn, that really hurt the Hornets offense because Indiana continued hounding them and forcing Charlotte into taking bad shots, and giving up turnovers.
Now, next game Indiana has got to do the exact same thing in order to pull out the win. The Pacers can’t just rely on outscoring teams. That’s just not in their DNA as a roster. So defense has got to be a must, if they’re to beat Miami next game.
The Heat have shown themselves to be a streaky offensive team, so if Indiana can slow them down right from the opening tip, it’ll make it easier for them to come away victors.
The Miami Heat did a fantastic job containing the “others” on the Washington Wizards last game. Besides John Wall and Bradley Beal, nobody else on the Wizards really got going.
Markieff Morris scored just 10 points, shooting 4-10 from the field, while the rest of the bench unit shot a combined 5-16.
Now that played a huge part in Miami coming out on top last outing, but it wasn’t the only reason they pulled out the win. One of the key reasons they pulled ahead was because of the teams scoring.
Usually Miami can’t find anyone else to get buckets besides Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside.
But this game they got contributions from everyone, and that allowed the teams offense to really surge.
Reserves Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and James Johnson all scored 14 points, 11 points and 10 points, while starting guard Wayne Ellington pitched in 11 points.
However, now next game they’ve got to do the same thing if they’re to come away with another win.
Dragic and Whiteside can’t be the lone options on offense, so other guys have got to step up again if the teams to beat a tough Indiana Pacers squad next game.
The bench is going to play a huge part in Miami coming out on top, so they’ve got to do they’re part.
Tyler Johnson and James Johnson have got continue being spark plugs off the bench for the team, because if they can do just that, they’ll earn themselves a win over a strong opposition.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference
- Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest
- Pacers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- Pacers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings
- Heat are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
The Miami Heat are favorites to win, but the Pacers have a more talented and consistent team. Miami’s offense tends to be very streaky game-to-game. So because of that, look for the Pacers to come out on top.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: +1.5
Although Indiana is missing its starting SG Monta Ellis, they’ve shown themselves to be a better defensive team with Glen Robinson III in the starting lineup. So with that said, don’t be surprised if Indiana looks to shut down a vulnerable Miami Heat offense right from the get go.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pacers 104 – Miami 96
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