The 19-15 Miami Heat will travel to face the 20-14 Indiana Pacers in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip off time from Indiana is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The current odds have the road team Miami Heat favored by -3 points with an over under line of 187 ½ points. When the odds came out a few hours ago it was Miami favored by -2 ½ points and the over under line was 187 points. We have seen a ½ point move on the Heat and over.
The two teams met in the playoffs last season with Miami winning in six games. The Pacers took a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals but the Heat then found their offense and won the next three games by a margin of eight or greater and scoring over 100 points in each game. The series made news because Pacers GM called his team soft.
The Heat is 7-6 on the road this season. They bounce back from a seven point loss home to Chicago by defeating the Washington Wizards on Sunday 99-71 as a -13 ½ point betting favorite. The game went under 192 points. Miami outscores Washington 30-11 in the final period for the win. They held the Wizards to just 35.8% shooting. It was the second straight opponent the Heat held to under 100 points. Miami brought the defensive intensity on Sunday which is has been inconsistent in stretches this season.
The Pacers are 12-3 on their home court. The team has won seven of their past nine games. Indiana defeated Milwaukee on Saturday night 95-80 and covering as a -4 ½ point betting favorite. The total landed under 187 ½ points. It was another good defensive effort by Indiana as they limit the Bucks to just 33 second half points and 37% shooting for the game. The Pacers have held nine of their past ten opponents under 100 points. They are the top field goal defensive team in the league as they allow just 41.4% shooting. Indiana has to lean on defense because scorer Danny Granger is out for over a month with a knee injury.