Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Pick – NBA, August 20, 2020
The Miami Heat justified the role of a favorite in the opening game of the NBA playoff series against the Indiana Pacers with a 113-101 win. The Pacers will be looking to improve in Game 2 and tie the series before it goes out of their hands. The tip-off is set at 1 PM ET.
These conference rivals have met five times this season, and the Heat is leading the series 4-1. Indiana beat Miami in the final game prior to the playoffs here in the Orlando bubble, but the Heat opened the playoff series with a victory. Here you can take a look at my Heat vs. Pacers betting pick for Game 2.
Heat vs. Pacers Betting Odds
|Heat to win||-182|
|Pacers to win||+170|
Once again the sportsbooks are giving the advantage to Miami and the spread remains the same, -4.5 on the Heat, while the total is set at 215 like it was the case for Game 1.
Miami has a greater depth and I have to say that the quality is also slightly on the Heat side, so another victory for Erik Spoelstra’s side is the option to bet on here.
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The Heat controlled the most of Game 1, especially in the second half, when they gave up a lead only once, but quickly recovered it and then secured the victory. Miami was better in each segment except the three-point percentage, but they still scored three triples more than Indiana.
Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 28 points, game-high four steals, and a couple of blocks. Goran Dragic followed him with 24 points, six rebounds, and five assists, while Bam Adebayo posted a double-double of 17 points and game-high ten boards, along with six dimes and game-high three blocks. Tyler Herro added 15 points off the bench.
Nate McMillan will have to pay special attention to the closing moments of both halves as Indiana lost both the second and fourth quarter in Game 1, and they lost them by ten and 11 points, respectively. If they manage to improve that detail, the Pacers will have a chance here. The Pacers committed 13 turnovers opposite Miami’s nine and had six fouls more than the Heat.
Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers with a double-double of 22 points and game-high ten assists. T.J. Warren added 22 points, eight rebounds, and game-high four thefts, but the rest of the Pacers were pretty bad on offense and that must change if they want to stay alive in the series.
Victor Oladipo suffered a left eye injury early in this game and didn’t return. Coach McMillan said that he is considered day-to-day, so his availability for Game 2 is still uncertain.
Victor Oladipo went to the hospital to get his eye evaluated, per Nate McMillan pic.twitter.com/X1TL9aIbVE— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 18, 2020
Prediction and Pick
The Heat proved they have more players who can contribute on both ends of the floor, while the Pacers were pretty limited on offense, especially after Vic Oladipo left the game with an eye injury. Even if he is available to play in this one, I am not sure Indiana can improve from Game 1 and tie the series. I am not going to bet on the spread here, but I am still going to back the Heat.
Miami Heat to Win-182
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