The NBA is set up with another exciting night of action on Wednesday. Ten games are up on the board throughout March 31. One of these matchups will be between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a good game on Wednesday night. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Heat have started out this season with a record of 23-24, which has them sitting in eighth place of the Eastern Conference. Miami is coming off a win in their last game, which ended a six game losing streak. The Heat are only one game back from jumping into the fourth seed. Miami will look to build on their last win in this one.
Indiana has put up a record of 21-24 throughout this season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are only one game back from the seventh seed and will look to move up with a huge win in this one. Indiana is coming off a loss in their last game, but have won four of their last six. I expect the Pacers to come out fast in this one.
These two teams are in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff race, which should lead to an exciting game on March 31. Both of these teams are able to move up in the standings with a win in this one, which should bump up the intensity in this one. Miami has struggled a bit as of late, but will look to move up with a big win in this one.
The Heat and the Pacers have met up twice so far this season. Miami hosted the first game of the season series on March 19. Bam Adebayo finished with 20 points and Goran Dragic scored 16 points off the bench. The Heat came up short though. Malcolm Brogdon dropped 27 points, while Justin Holiday and Doug McDermott each put up 17 points. Indiana was able to earn a big 137-110 win on the road.
The second game of the season series stayed in Miami on March 21. Bam Adebayo scored 29 points and 10 rebounds, while Jimmy Butler put up 21 points and 15 rebounds. Once again it was not enough for the Heat though. Domantas Sabonis scored 17 points and 11 rebounds. Myles Turner added 16 points, while the Pacers staring lineup combined for 73 points. Indiana earned a 109-106 win in overtime.
Indiana has been able to win both games in this season’s series so far. The Pacers dominated in the first game, but Miami was able to bounce back with an overtime win in the second game. The Heat went 3-1 against Indiana in last season’s regular season. Miami also swept the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. I expect Indiana to try and come out quick again in this one as they look for revenge.
Field Goal Shooting
Miami has not been great shooting the ball throughout this season. The Heat have been able to make around 45.8 percent of their shots from the field this season, which is 21st in the NBA. Miami has also shot 34.5 percent from behind the arc, which is 28th in the league. The Heat have drained 79.4 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 8th in the NBA.
The Pacers have been solid shooting the ball so far this season. Indiana has been shooting 47.1 percent from the field, which is 12th in the league. The Pacers have also made around 36.5 percent of their shots from deep, which is 16th in the NBA. Indiana has sunk 78.5 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 11th in the league.
Indiana has been better shooting the ball throughout this season, but the Heat have been better on defense. The Pacers have allowed their opponents to make 47.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 22nd in the NBA. Miami has held opposing teams to shoot 44.5 percent from the field, which is 2nd in the league. The Heat will need their defense to step up in this one if they want to keep up with Indiana.
Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo have helped lead this Heat team throughout this season. Butler is averaging 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. Adebayo has averaged 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Tyler Herro is averaging 15.5 points, while Goran Dragic has averaged 13.5 points per game. Duncan Robinson is averaging 12.5 points per game and Kelly Olynyk has averaged 10 points.
Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis are the leaders for Indiana this season. Brogdon has averaged 21.5 points, while Sabonis is averaging 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Caris LeVert has averaged 15 points per game. Myles Turner is averaging 12.5 points. Justin Holiday has averaged 11.5 point and Jeremy Lamb is averaging 10.5 points per game.
Miami is without Kendrick Nunn in this one, while the Pacers are missing T.J. Warren and Doug McDermott. The Heat could have Victor Oladipo make his debut in this one though. Oladipo has averaged 21 points per game with Indiana and Houston this season. If Oladipo can have a big game against his former team, it could help lead Miami to the win.
These two teams are right in the mix of the Eastern Conference playoff race, which should lead to a good game in this one. The Pacers have won both games against Miami so far this season, but I think the Heat will bounce back with a win in this one. If Oladipo can come in and help Miami’s struggling offense, it could help lift Miami to the win.
BetOnline has the Heat listed as a -1 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Miami on the road in this one. I agree with this line as the Heat have been slightly better throughout this season. I think that Miami’s defense can take over in this one and if Oladipo can step up in a big way, it could help lead the Heat to a big win.