NBA Betting: Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers Odds, Prediction, and Pick
On February 14th, 2011 we have a match-up between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this year, in the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. Both of these teams have been impressive to this point, but both of them could use this key win to push them over the top. Through the 7th of the month, the Heat had put together one of the best records in the NBA at 19-6, while the home team in this one, the Pacers, aren't far behind with their 17-7 record. Of course all of the talk about this game will probably focus on the big three in Miami of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, but there is so much more to this game that you should definitely keep your eye on.
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The Heat are absolutely the betting favorites to win the NBA Championship this year, and they are a tough team to bet against when they have those three players above leading the way each night. They also have a strong supporting cast this year, and it could be tough to hold them back in a seven game series come playoff time later in May and June of this year. Through the 7th of February, the team was riding a hot streak as well, by winning eight of their last nine games, and also taking three straight heading into a big six game road stretch against some tough teams.
Sleeping on the Pacers is a very bad decision this year. This team has talent across the board with Danny Granger, David West, Roy Hibbert, Darren Collison, and Paul George. They had their own nice stretch through the 7th that included five of six games with a win, and four in a row during that run as well. While the Pacers are currently sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, they find themselves only two and a half games back of the Chicago Bulls for that top spot. This game will kick off at 7:00pm EST on Tuesday, February 14th.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Miami Heat: -130
- Indiana Pacers: +110
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» Free Prediction
The Pacers get a nice spot here as they are at home, and they are also getting the Heat in the middle of a long road stretch. I think that Miami is going to have some tired legs at this point, and that the Pacers are going to be able to get a nice win in their home building to start the second half of the month. Indiana is strong across the board and I think they'll be able to get a big game from Roy Hibbert inside to the lead the way. I'm taking the Pacers to win it by four at home.
Prediction: Indiana Pacers- 99 Miami Heat- 95
» Free Pick
This line will definitely be an interesting one, but regardless I can't get away from the Pacers as the pick to win here. A lot will depend on how Miami looks through their road test as to the overall line on this one.
Pick: Indiana Pacers +110