Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Game 1 Free Point Spread Pick
- Updated: May 16, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM EST Sunday May 18, 2014, ABC / WatchESPN
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Indiana Pacers host the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
In their last games: The Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 and the Pacers beat the Washington Wizards 93-80.
In their win over the Nets The Heat outscored the Nets by 11 points in the 4th quarter to pull out the comeback win.
In their win over the Wizards the Pacers were solid on both ends of the floor shooting a FG% of 51.4% and holding Washington to a FG% of 39.2%.
These 2 teams split the 4-game season series with the Heat winning the last match up at home 96-86.
Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:
The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 games between these 2 teams.
In the last 7 games between these 2 teams the Under record is 5-2.
The Pacers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games facing the Heat.
Point Spread: Miami -2
Total Line: 181.5
Money Line: Heat -130 / Pacers +110
Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Miami Heat: 62-29 SU 43-46-2 ATS
Indiana Pacers: 64-31 SU 45-49-1 ATS
Key Betting Trends
• MIA is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
• MIA is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
• MIA has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.
• IND is 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games.
• IND is 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games following a S.U. win.
• IND has an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Sagarin Power Rankings
Miami Heat: 95.41
Indiana Pacers: 93.16
Key Player Injuries
No injuries to report at this time.
Andrew Bynum C Sidelined Mar 17 knee Out indefinitely
Free Point Spread Pick:
The Jekyll and Hyde Pacers have lost 4 games at home in the playoffs after having the best home record in the NBA over the regular season. Indiana won 35 games and lost only 4 before the playoffs started and while I certainly don’t trust that we’ll get a 100% effort out of either team I do have to back the home team here. The last 8 games in this series have won by the home team and with the point spread favoring the road team here I’m reluctantly going to back the Pacers.
Take the Indiana Pacers +2.