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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1 (Orlando)
(0-2) Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat (2-0)
Date: Saturday, August, 22nd 2020
Time: 3:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The AdventHealth Center | ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pacers +190 | Heat -210
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers +5 | Heat -5
NBA Betting Total: 214
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In the third game between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, Jimmy Butler’s crew has easily handled Victor Oladipo’s crew and hold a 2-0 first-round series lead.
In the regular season, the Heat won three of the four matches.
The Pacers’ backs are against the wall and are in as close to a must-win situation as they’ve been all season. Head coach Nate McMillan has always been able to get his charges to step up regardless of who is missing.
The problem this time is the absence of Domantas Sabonis is truly hurting the Pacers’ ability to counter Bam Adebayo and the Heat simply aren’t a good matchup for Indiana.
All five Pacers starters scored in double-figures in Game 2 with Victor Oladipo’s 22 points leading the way. He was joined by Malcolm Brogdon (17), Myles Turner (17), T.J. Warren (14) and Aaron Holiday (12) with their double-figure contributions.
The problem is two-fold with the bench struggling to contribute and being unable to provide enough defense to keep the Heat in check offensively.
Jimmy Butler isn’t about to let his charges relax as they continue the series even when they are up 2-0. While the Heat has the Pacers in a stranglehold Butler knows how quickly situations can change.
He’s also keenly aware, this Pacers team never gives up even when they are overmatched.
In Game 1, the Heat owned virtually every category and Indiana uncharacteristically weren’t good defensively. More importantly, they couldn’t stop the Heat in transition, on the perimeter or in the paint.
In Game 2, Indy managed to slow Bam Adebayo (or he relaxed) but Miami was red hot from deep. Specifically, Duncan Robinson rebounded from a 2 for 8 Game 1, to a 7 for 8 Game 2 leading the team with 24 points.
In addition to Robinson’s seven 3-pointers, the Heat dropped another 11 for 18 in total at an efficiency of 51.4 percent.
Jimmy Butler did a bit of everything as per usual posting 18 points, six assists, seven rebounds, and two steals (but did have five turnovers). Goran Dragic (20), Tyler Herro (15), and Jae Crowder (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Derrick Jones Jr. and Jae Crowder are both questionable for Saturday nursing ankle injuries.
NBA Betting Trends:
- IND are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 Sat. games
- Over is 7-1 in MIA last 8 games as a home favorite.
- MIA are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 Sat. games.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
It’s all or nothing for Indiana and Nate McMillan is a coach that will have one of those ‘win one for … pre-game speeches’. Butler as per usual is always a little banged up so the quick turnaround could have an impact — we’ll see.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pacers +5
I still think the Heat win this series but the Pacers and McMillan have surprised me so much this season something tells me even if they go out in two games later this is the one game they’ll arrive ready to battle.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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