Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat Prediction, 3/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+5.5)
The Indiana Pacers (17-22) are headed to AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Miami Heat (22-19). Indiana opens this contest as 5.5-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 216.
The Indiana Pacers stepped onto the hardwood against the Brooklyn Nets and took a loss by a score of 124-115 in their last game. Indiana walked away from the contest having earned a 51.2% field goal percentage (43 out of 84) and converted 9 of their 32 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Pacers converted 20 of 25 tries for a rate of 80.0%. When it comes to hauling in boards, they earned 34 with 4 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 29 dimes in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and having 10 steals. Regarding the defense, Indiana allowed 48.3% from the floor on 42 out of 87 shooting. Brooklyn doled out 22 assists and had 10 steals in this matchup. Moreover, Brooklyn collected 50 rebounds (15 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Brooklyn finished shooting 77.5% from the free throw line by burying 31 of their 40 shots. They knocked down 9 of their 27 tries from distance.
Malcolm Brogdon is someone who was a contributor in the matchup. He totaled 24 points on 10 of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 37:36 minutes and also pulled down 4 rebounds. Brogdon finished the contest at 58.8% from the field and also dished out 3 dimes. One more player that came through in the game for the Pacers was Caris LeVert. He grabbed 3 rebounds in his 33:37 min played. He finished shooting 37.5% from the field in the matchup by connecting on 6-of-16 (19 points). When all was said and done, LeVert had 5 assists.
Indiana comes into this one with a mark of 17-22 this season. The Pacers are hitting 36.0% on 3-pointers (471 of 1,307) and 78.6% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 112.6 points per contest (15th in the league) while shooting 47.3% from the floor. They are turning it over 13.9 times per contest and as a squad are committing 20.4 fouls every game. As a team, Indiana is snagging 41.5 boards per game and has racked up 1,035 assists on the year, which is 9th in the NBA in terms of passing. Defensively, the Pacers are able to force 15.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.7 personal fouls. They are 22nd in the league in giving up assists with 1,007 conceded for the year. The Pacers defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.9% (604 of 731) and they surrender 44.9 rebounds per game as a squad. They are giving up 38.2% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 20th in the league in PPG allowed (112.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Miami Heat walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 89-85 when they faced the Memphis Grizzlies. The Heat corralled 43 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 51 for the contest. They also turned it over 10 times, while getting 4 steals in this contest. The Grizzlies committed 17 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Heat to the charity stripe for a total of 18 tries. They were able to make 13 of the free throw tries for a rate of 72.2%. Pertaining to shooting from distance, Miami converted 8 out of their 34 attempts (23.5%). Overall, the Heat finished the game shooting 32 for 89 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.0%. The Heat allowed the Grizzlies to convert 30 out of their 85 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 35.3% in this matchup. They finished 23.8% from beyond the arc via 10 of 42 and finished the game at 19 out of 25 at the free throw line (76.0%). In regard to team rebounding, Miami allowed Memphis to get 50 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Jimmy Butler pitched in for the Heat in the game. He made 10 of 20 in this game giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 7 rebounds. Butler scored 24 points in his 35:45 minutes on the hardwood and had 2 dimes in the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Miami was Bam Adebayo. He finished with 6 assists in his 35:14 mins on the court, and he converted 5 out of 11 from the floor. Adebayo ended up shooting 45.5% from the floor while also collecting 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Miami has a win-loss mark of 22-19 so far this year. The Heat have committed 19.3 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 79.2% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 25.8 times per game (12th in basketball) and they are turning it over 15.2 times per contest. Miami has scored 4,357 pts so far this year (106.3 per contest) and they grab 42.8 boards per game. As an offense, the Heat are shooting 45.9% from the field, which ranks 19th in the league. The Heat are ranked 3rd in basketball in points per game surrendered with 106.8. The Miami defense concedes 35.9% from downtown (597 of 1,663) and their opposition knocks down 78.8% of their free throw shots. They give up 25.1 dimes and 44.2 boards per game, which has them ranked 20th and 16th in the NBA. They have forced 15.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 44.1% from the field (1st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Indiana (+5.5)
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