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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1 (Orlando)
(0-3) Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat (3-0)
Date: Monday, August 24th, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Field House | ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pacers +225 | Heat -240
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers +6.5 | Heat -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 216.5
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Two of the first-round series ended in sweeps on Sunday as the Raptors and Celtics moved on to the second round. The Miami Heat will look to join them via a sweep of the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
In the regular season, the Heat won three of the four matches.
The Pacers’ have reached ‘win or go home’ mode. It’s been a tough slog for Indy who even when they win most of the key categories end up losing because of a huge free throw disparity.
Malcolm Brogdon delivered an impressive 34 point, 14 assists double-double, and was joined by Myles Turner who registered his via 15 points and 12 rebounds.
T.J. Warren (23), Victor Oladipo (20), and Aaron Holiday (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Domantas Sabonis who hasn’t played in the series is back in Orlando in quarantine but wouldn’t be available to the team unless they extend the series.
It’s kind of funny that Erik Spoelstra could keep a straight face when responding to why his team got 24 more free throws than their counterparts claiming it’s part of the Heat game plan.
Spo further implied Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo can get a whistle at will, essentially implying the Heat receive preferential treatment.
And perhaps Spo has a point. Kristaps Porzingis got a technical for throwing an arm in the air, another player got T’d up for saying “and one”.
But Goran Dragic grabbed an ankle – pulled down a player and the ref’s reason Dragic didn’t get a tech or flagrant was “because the player didn’t get hurt.”
There are numerous players initiating contact and consistently driving the paint who don’t get calls so straight up saying you can is brazen.
Jimmy Butler led the way with 27 points – 17 courtesy of his 20 free throws while Bam Adebayo registered a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Goran Dragic (24), Tyler Herro (20), Duncan Robinson (15), and Jae Crowder (11) were the other double-figure contributors.
Derrick Jones Jr. (ankle) Crowder (ankle) and Andre Iguodala (hip) are all questionable for Monday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-3-1 in MIA last 13 home games.
- MIA are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Mon. games.
- Over is 11-5 in MIA last 16 games as a favorite.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Indiana has fought to be in this series but there are simply too many hurdles to overcome and if the Heat believes they can get a whistle at will and make up the difference any time they want that sure sends the Pacers a clear message.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat -6.5
Miami pulls out the brooms to clean their charity stripe area and capture their sweep.
***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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