NBA Playoff Picks: Pacers at Heat

The Eastern Conference Final features an Indiana Pacers team looking for playoff revenge against the Miami Heat


Oddsmakers opened the Heat as a 8.5-point favorite for game 1 of this series Wednesday and sportsbooks across the board dropped the line to -8 despite online betting sites reporting more than 70-percent action to the fan favored Heat side.


The popular debate between bettors tonight is whether or Indiana can take advantage of Miami’s rust from six days of rest the way Chicago did in Round 2.


Miami was only 1-3 ATS this season when playing with a longer than usual break between games and the team gave up almost 6 points per game (PPG) more than their season average of 94 PPG. When the Pacers took on an opponent who was forced to shake off some rust, Indiana was 3-0 SU/ATS and they scored 104.7 PPG which was more than 10 PPG higher than the team’s season scoring avg.


With an 8-point spread we side with tonight’s underdog making a game of it and staying close. Indiana has proven they can push the pace against rested foes and given the fact this is a playoff revenge spot, the Pacers have all the incentive in the world.

Pick: Take the Pacers


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