Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers NBA Picks 1/8/2020
Game: Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana -1.5
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the site where T.J. Warren and the Indiana Pacers (23-14, 2nd in the Central Division) will take on the Miami Heat (26-10, 1st in the Southeast Division) on Wednesday. The line on this game has Indiana as 1.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 218.5.
The Heat cover the spread 61.8% of the time, having gone 21-13-2 ATS. Indiana is covering 55.6% of the time, going 20-16-1 against the spread.
Key Miami Heat Injuries
01/06/20 SG Jimmy Butler Back is questionable Wednesday vs Indiana
01/06/20 SF Justise Winslow Back is questionable Wednesday vs Indiana
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
10/19/19 SG Victor Oladipo Knee is out indefinitely
01/06/20 PG T.J. McConnell Ankle is upgraded to probable Monday vs Charlotte
01/04/20 SG Malcolm Brogdon Back is out Monday vs Charlotte
Bam Adebayo averages 15.6 points per game in 34.4 minutes per contest. He averages 4.5 assists per contest and 10.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 58% for the year while his free throw percentage is 68%. Jimmy Butler comes into this contest averaging 20.4 points per game while playing 35.4 minutes per night. He pulls down 6.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is at 82%.
Domantas Sabonis averages 17.8 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 13.0 rebounds per contest and 4.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is 72%. T.J. Warren averages 18.3 points per game while playing 32.6 minutes per contest. He grabs 3.8 rebounds per game and has 1.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is at 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Heat allow 107.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 10th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 8th and 1st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 41.7 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd, and they give up 24.0 assists per contest which puts them in 15th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league. Miami averages 111.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.8 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 2nd in the league. They average 45.8 rebounds per game and 25.1 assists per contest, which ranks them 13th and 9th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 3rd with 16.4 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Pacers surrender 106.2 points per contest, which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 9th and 4th in those defensive statistics. They rank 11th with 23.4 assists allowed per contest, and 11th with 45.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pacers are 11th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.3 per game. Indiana is 18th in the league with 109.5 points per game this year. They are 5th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 3.3. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 5th in the NBA. They are 23rd in the league in rebounding with 43.5 boards per game and 7th in assists per contest with 25.8. The Pacers are 29th in turnovers per game with 12.9.
The Heat are 10th in the league in defensive rating with 107, and their offensive rating of 110.8 is ranked 11th. They are 24th in the NBA in pace with 98.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 4th. As a unit they are 2nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shot attempts, ranking 9th in the NBA. Miami is 2nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 21st in the NBA.
Indiana is 26th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 25th in the league. The Pacers are 13th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.3, and their defensive rating of 107 is ranked 10th. In terms of pace they are 25th in the league with 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 14th. As a team they are 17th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shots, ranking 29th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Heat/Pacers NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Miami +1.5
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