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Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Previews, Game Analysis and Odds (Saturday, October 23rd, 2021)

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

The Miami Heat seek to sustain their opening-day form. They will take on the Indiana Pacers, who suffered a heartbreaking defeat in their first game of the 2021-22 season. The Heat are are fresh from a 41-point victory over the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks. Miami will visit Indiana in a regular-season showdown this Saturday, October 23, at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Game time is set at 7:00 PM Eastern Time with NBA TV and NBA League Pass featuring the showdown on live TV and on the streaming platform, respectively. The world’s best online sportsbook sees the Heat taking their second win of the season as the Pacers are seen as an overwhelming underdog in this match despite owning the home-court advantage.

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV Coverage: NBATV

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Miami Heat -2 (-110) 223 o (-110) -157
Indiana Pacers +2 (-110) 223 u (-110) +142
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Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers CashBet Wagering Analysis

The Miami-Indiana clash is expected to be a dogfight with both teams relying on their deep lineups to gain an edge and win the game. New Heat playmaker Kyle Lowry is expected to bounce back from his so-so outing against Milwaukee while the Pacers must help defensive anchor Myles Turner and force low-percentage shots to stand a chance of beating Miami.

Heat Firing at all Cylinders in Season Opener

Miami came off smoking in their home opener against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks. They shot 53.1% from the field, including an efficient 42.9% clip from way downtown. The Heat blew the game wide open as early as the first quarter and sustained their attack until the final buzzer. They dominated almost every stat line available and sent a clear message that they are a force to reckon with in the East and in the whole NBA.

Tyler Herro came off the bench to score 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting while Jimmy Butler added 21 points, four rebounds and six assists. Center Bam Adebayo had a big night as well on the paint, tallying 20 markers and making nine of his 13 shots from the field. He also grabbed 13 rebounds. Kyle Lowry, who was acquired by Miami from Toronto in the offseason, had a so-so game with just five points in his first game with the Heat. Veteran Dewayne Dedmon was the other Miami player in double-figures with 13 points.

Pacers – Close but No Cigar Against the Hornets

Indiana came a shot close to averting a second-half collapse against Charlotte. However, main man Domantas Sabonis missed an 11-footer before the buzzer sounded and sealed the Pacers’ fate. Indiana was actually the aggressor in the opening half and led by as many as 21 early in the third frame until the Hornets dropped 24 straight points to take the lead and set up the intense finish. Torrey Craig could have given Indiana the victory with his foul shots that earned them a 122-121 lead.

However, Charlotte forward PJ Washington was fouled and made two freebies to hand the Hornets the edge. Sabonis, who scored 33 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, tried to give the lead back to the Pacers but missed his last chance. The setback dampened the performances of guards Malcolm Brogdon and Chris Duarte, who scored 28 and 27 points, respectively.

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Head-to-Head with Spread

There are only 2 points on the spread in NBA game odds between the two teams and the Miami Heat are seen as the winner in this matchup. The contest is expected to be tight with the Heat emerging as the better team.

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers CashBet Free Pick

NBA oddsmakers will pick the Heat in this regular season confrontation as they have enough tools on both ends of the court to emerge victorious in this tussle against the Pacers. Indiana, on the other hand, will have to step up on defense if they want to bounce back from their opening-week loss against  Charlotte. The Heat will be a safe bet despite Indiana holding the home-court advantage in this showdown

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers CashBet Best Bet: Miami Heat.

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