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Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Information, Odds and Picks (August 14, 2020)

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Preview, odds and picks

Miami and Indiana are guaranteed Eastern Conference playoff spots.  Both are assured of avoiding Milwaukee in round one.  As a result, Friday’s regular-season finale carries little meaning.  Still, the Pacers and Heat will want to have good performances as the playoffs beckon.  From a gambling perspective, the Pacers have shown solid NBA betting value.  Miami has been a more inconsistent proposition.  Neither team brings a dynamic offense on their best days.  Instead, they have used defense as their ticket to the postseason.  For gamblers seeking hidden value, both clubs offer potential to surprise.

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Information

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: SPN WWOS, Orlando, Florida
TV Coverage: ESPN

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Odds

Heat -1½ (-110) 221½ (-110) -122
Pacers +1½ (-110) 221½ (-110) +102
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Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers CashBet Wagering Analysis

To be exact neither the Pacers nor Heat are significant online sportsbook draws.  Neither team has a marquee man.  Nor anything resembling championship cache.  Squares flock to teams like the Bucks and Lakers.  Sharps do like Indiana and Miami on the right occasions.  Accordingly, this will be a tricky handicap.  Not much is at stake for either team.  Load management is a guaranteed wagering factor.  Live betting will be a draw for that reason.  So too will the total get a hard look.  Efforts will be questionable with avoiding injuries the top priority.

Pacers Making Bank in Playoff Preparation

Late on the Pacers have shown strong betting on NBA value.  Indiana has lost just two of their last nine games to the board.  Six of their last nine have gone over the total.  As a result, the Pacers are 43-28 straight up, 38-30-3 vs. the line, with 32 unders.  NBA metrics have Indiana ranked 23rd for scoring and fourth for points allowed.

Namely, SG Victor Oladipo’s return has sparked Indiana’s resurgence.  Oladipo has played in 18 games after nearly a season on the injured list.  He is averaging 14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 27 minutes per game.  Consider his playing time and production continue to increase.

SF T.J. Warren has been essential to the Pacers success.  Warren leads Indiana with 19.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per contest.  Also factoring large is PF Domantas Sabonis with 18.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game.

Head coach Nate McMillan is one of the more anonymous NBA coaches.  Yet McMillan quietly gets results.  This will be his fourth consecutive playoff season in four years as Pacers coach.  Where McMillan is still needing to make a splash is in the playoffs.  In comparison to other seasons, there may be an opening for 2020’s unique setting.

Not Much Wagering Heat from Miami

Late results have been under par for the Heat.  Miami has dropped three of their last five to the spread.  Only two of their last seven have stayed under the Betting on basketball total.  Miami has a mark of 44-27 straight up, 36-33-2 vs. the odds, with just 27 unders.  NBA ranks have the Heat 15th for scoring and 11th for points allowed.

SF Jimmy Butler has been the key catalyst for the Heat.  To illustrate Butler has 20.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game.  PF Bam Adebayo has also factored strong.  Adebayo is averaging 16.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game.  Encompassing the team concept for Miami is PG Goran Dragic.  Starting with 16.2 points and 5.1 assists per outing.

Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers Head to Head with Spread

Overall, the Pacers have covered seven of their last nine against the Heat.  Seven of those nine games went over the total.

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers CashBet Free Pick

In this situation, neither team figures to bring a hard-defensive edge.  And top players are not likely to carry a full load of playing time.  Correspondingly under the total will make Basketball betting sense.  Indiana’s recent run makes them the side lean.

Heat vs. Pacers CashBet Best Bet:  Over the Total and Indiana Pacers


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