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Pacers vs Heat Betting Odds – Indiana’s road woes continue in Miami

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/18/2010 4:10:02 PM

NBA Odds: Pick Miami

Online betting players will stay away from a team that is as poor on the road as Indiana is, and they should do the same on Tuesday, when the Pacers head to Miami for their third meeting of the season with the Heat. The Pacers were routed by 34 points the last time they went to South Beach, and they should just try to keep it close this time.

WHAT: NBA betting
WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, 7:30 PM ET
WHERE: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
KEY STAT: Miami is 2-0 against Indiana this season

The Storyline - Pacers vs Heat Betting Odds
The Pacers (14-26) are in last place in the Central Division, but they’ve won three of their last four, and the offense is showing signs of life. The Heat (20-19) are six games behind Atlanta in third in the Southeast, and they just finished 3-3 on a West Coast road swing.

Offensive Matchups - Pacers vs Heat Betting Odds
The Pacers have scored 100 points or more in five of their last six games, and a healthy Danny Granger has a lot to do with that. Granger has averaged 24.2 points in his last five games since coming back from injury, and his outside shooting is opening things up on the inside for Roy Hibbert, who has scored double figures in his last three games.

Michael Beasley has been shooting the ball well as of late, which takes some pressure off of Dwyane Wade, who is dealing with a wrist injury. Beasley is averaging 19.8 points over his last five outings, and is starting to look like the player Miami selected with the second overall pick in the 2008 draft. Now, he just has to be consistent.

Betting Edge: Indiana

Defensive Matchups - Pacers vs Heat Betting Odds
Indiana won’t be mistaken as a defensive juggernaut, which is a reason why sportsbook players stay away from them. Hibbert is probably their best defensive player and he’s a shotblocking threat, but the perimeter defense leaves a lot to be desired.

The Heat are at least stingy on defense, as Wade and Mario Chalmers are great perimeter defenders, and Jermaine O’Neal is still an imposing figure down low. Udonis Haslem adds veteran toughness off the bench.

Betting Edge: Miami

Notable Injuries - Pacers vs Heat Betting Odds
Jeff Foster (back) and Luther Head (ankle) are day-to-day, which hurts the Pacers off the bench.

The only notable player injury for the Heat is Wade (wrist), who continues to play through the pain, and is still productive.

Betting Edge: Miami

Betting Prediction - Pacers vs Heat Betting Odds
The Heat have won both of their meetings with Indiana by an average of 23.5 points this season, and they should be favored at home as the Pacers are a miserable 4-16 on the road. The Heat are 10-4 when they score 100 points or more, and they dropped 114 on the Pacers in their last meeting in Miami. Beasley’s recent play has freed up some space for Wade, and the Pacers will have to shore up their perimeter defense to keep it close.

Craig’s Pick: Miami

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