Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat Prediction, 3/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+5)
The Miami Heat (22-20) play the Indiana Pacers (18-22) at AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday. The line on this contest has Miami as 5-point favorites. The total opens at 217.5.
The Pacers took the court against the Heat and went home with a win by a final score of 137-110 in their last game. Indiana wrapped up the contest having earned a 58.4% field goal percentage (52 of 89) and buried 20 of their 36 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Pacers converted 13 of 19 shots for a rate of 68.4%. Concerning hauling in rebounds, they collected 47 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 38 assists in the game while forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and having 7 steals. When it comes to defending, Indiana allowed the other team to go 44.6% from the floor on 41 out of 92 shooting. Miami dished out 22 dimes and had 10 steals for this contest. Moreover, Miami totaled 36 rebounds (10 offensive, 26 defensive) and got 9 blocks. Miami went 95.0% from the free throw line by converting 19 of their 20 tries. They made 9 of 34 attempts from 3-point range.
Malcolm Brogdon is someone who was important for this contest. He accumulated 27 points on 10 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 31:50 mins and also pulled down 3 rebounds. Brogdon went 83.3% from the floor and totaled 4 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this game for the Pacers was Justin Holiday. He snagged 4 rebounds in 27:28 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 6-of-9 (17 points). When the final whistle blew, Holiday tallied 1 assist.
Indiana will enter this matchup with a mark of 18-22 for the year. The Pacers are shooting 36.6% on 3-pointers (491 of 1,343) and 78.4% from the charity stripe. They average 113.2 points per outing (13th in the NBA) while going 47.6% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per contest and as a squad they commit 20.3 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Indiana is pulling in 41.6 boards per contest and has totaled 1,073 assists so far this year, which ranks 8th in basketball in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Pacers have forced 15.4 turnovers per game while drawing 18.7 fouls. The Pacers are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.9% (615 of 748) and they relinquish 44.7 boards per contest as a squad. They are currently ranked 20th in basketball in allowing assists with 1,029 relinquished for the season. They relinquish 37.9% from 3-point land while they are 20th in basketball in PPG allowed (112.8).
In their loss to Indiana, the Heat collected 26 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 36 for the contest. They gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while recording 10 steals for the matchup. The Pacers were called for 17 fouls for the matchup which got the Heat to the free throw line for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to convert 19 of the free throws for a rate of 95.0%. In relation to 3-point attempts, Miami made 9 out of their 34 attempts (26.5%). When the game finished, the Heat went 41 for 92 from the floor which had them at 44.6%. The Heat allowed the Pacers to bury 52 of 89 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 58.4% in this contest. They finished 55.6% from beyond the arc by going 20 of 36 and ended up shooting 13 of 19 at the free throw line (68.4%). In reference to attacking the glass, Miami permitted Indiana to pull down 47 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Bam Adebayo ended up being a factor for the Heat in this game. He buried 8 out of 11 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 72.7%, and had 8 rebounds. Adebayo tallied 20 points in his 26:19 minutes on the court and had 5 dimes for this contest. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Miami was Jimmy Butler. He accumulated 4 dimes in 31:42 minutes on the court, and he put in 6 of 10 from the floor. Butler ended the game having shot 60.0% from the field and also earning 17 points and 8 boards.
Miami has a win-loss mark of 22-20 this season. Miami has scored 4,467 points this season (106.4 per game) and they grab 42.6 boards per game. The Heat are committing 19.2 fouls per contest and they shoot 79.6% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Heat are connecting on 45.9% from the floor, which is ranked 19th in basketball. Their rate of earning assists is at 25.7 times per contest (12th in the league) and they turn it over 15.1 times per contest. The Heat on the defensive end are ranked 3rd in basketball in points per game surrendered with 107.5. The Miami defense surrenders 36.3% on 3-point attempts (617 of 1,699) and their opponents are making 78.5% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 25.4 assists and 44.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 22nd and 16th in basketball. They are able to force 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.5% from the field (2nd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Indiana (+5)
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