Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 10/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: NBA TV
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (-2)
The Indiana Pacers (0-1) welcome the Miami Heat (1-0) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday. Indiana opens as 2-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 223.
The Heat played the Bucks and walked away with a win by a score of 137-95 in their last game. Miami ended the contest having earned a 53.1% FG percentage (51 of 96) and knocked down 15 of their 35 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Heat made 20 of 31 attempts for a percentage of 64.5%. In relation to rebounding, they compiled 58 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 28 assists for the contest while forcing 0 turnovers and having 8 steals. In regard to the defense, Miami allowed 38.1% from the field on 32 of 84 shooting. Milwaukee recorded 38 dimes and had 19 steals for the contest. In addition, Milwaukee totaled 33 rebounds (5 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Milwaukee finished the contest at 65.5% from the free throw line by knocking down 19 of their 29 attempts. They converted 12 of 42 shots from three-point range.
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Bam Adebayo is one player who was important in the game. He had 20 points on 9 out of 13 shooting. He played 23 minutes played and collected 13 rebounds. Adebayo ended up going 69.2% from the field and earned 1 assist.
Miami enters this one with a mark of 1-0 for the season. They turn it over 11.0 times per contest and as a group they commit 26.0 fouls per game. As a team, Miami is pulling in 58.0 boards per contest and has accounted for 28 assists for the season, which ranks 9th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Heat are connecting on 42.9% on shots from 3-point land (15 of 35) and 64.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 137.0 pts per contest (2nd in the NBA) while hitting 53.1% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Heat are able to force 15.0 turnovers per game and they draw 26.0 fouls. The Heat defense is allowing a FG percentage of 38.1% (15 of 26) and they concede 38.0 boards per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 8th in the NBA in giving up assists with 19 relinquished on the campaign. They are conceding 28.6% from beyond the arc and they are 6th in basketball in opponents PPG (95.0).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Pacers took a loss by a score of 123-122 against the Hornets. The Pacers were able to snag 43 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 51 in the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 16 times, while recording 2 steals in this game. The Hornets were called for 8 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Pacers to the free throw line for 24 tries. They were able to knock down 21 of the free throws for a percentage of 87.5%. In regard to shots from downtown, Indiana made 17 of 47 tries (36.2%). Overall, the Pacers finished the game shooting 42 for 90 from the floor which had them shooting 46.7%. The Pacers permitted the Hornets to bury 46 out of 107 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.0% in this contest. They went 41.9% from downtown by connecting on 13 of 31 and ended up shooting 18 of 27 at the free throw line (66.7%). Concerning rebounds, Indiana allowed Charlotte to grab 34 in total (12 offensive).
Malcolm Brogdon ended up being a major contributor for the Pacers for the matchup. He made 8 out of 20 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 40.0%, and had 4 rebounds. Brogdon had 28 points in his 40 mins of playing time and had 11 assists in the game.
Indiana has a mark of 0-1 so far this season. The Pacers are committing 24.0 fouls per game and they go 87.5% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 29.0 times per game (6th in the league) and they turn it over 17.0 times per game. Indiana has scored 122 pts this season (122.0 per contest) and they pull in 51.0 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Pacers are shooting 46.7% from the field, which ranks 13th in basketball. The Pacers on the defensive side of the court are 24th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 123.0. They have relinquished 29.0 assists and 46.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 25th and 11th in basketball. The Indiana defense gives up 41.9% from downtown (13 of 31) and opponents are converting on 66.7% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 8.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 43.0% from the floor (10th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Indiana (+2)
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