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Pacers vs. Heat 2021 NBA Odds and Preview – December 21st, 2021

By Carlos Chacon

The Indiana Pacers travel south to challenge the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Erik Spoelstra and his squad look forward to the support of their home crowd after a ten-point road defeat in the hands of the Pistons. Meanwhile, the Pacers try to repeat another impressive performance following a 122-113 victory against the same team that recently outrun the Heat.

That said, we look forward to an interesting matchup between the two. Let’s take a closer look at the Pacers vs. Heat game and go over the details. We present event details, team and player statistics, the latest NBA betting odds, trends, and predictions.

Pacers vs. Heat Game Information

  • When: Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: FTX Arena, Miami, Florida
  • TV: TNT
  • Radio: 107.5 The Fan FM (Pacers) / 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio (Heat)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

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Why Bet on the Detroit Pistons?

It’s been a solid few days for the Pacers, winning four of their last six games. That gives the team some more driving power as they face a tough Miami team. Since the start of the season, the Pacers average 108.0 points (16th) per game on 46.1% shooting. The offense is where the Pacers have the edge over their competitors, and having a healthy squad should help out with that.

On defense, the Pacers allow 106.5 points (11th) per game. It’s not bad for a team that doesn’t have a talent pool as prevalent as the Heat. They limit opponents to a 51.7% effective field goal percentage. This could hurt the Heat who puts up a 53.7% effective field goal percentage. Furthermore, the Pacers can put some rebounding pressure on the hosts. The team documents 53.6 total rebounds (tenth) per game–almost two more than the Heat’s totals.

The Pacers are looking at Malcolm Brogdon to handle the scoring side. The guard holds a team-high 19.72 points per game. He also gets to play alongside Domantas Sabonis who has been impressive since the opening week.

Why Bet on the New York Knicks?

The Heat is in better shape despite losing to the Pistons by ten points. They won four of their last six games and secured a victory in their last two games at the FTX Arena. Having a home-court advantage brings the odds slightly in their favor, but having multiple key players on the injured list means the game is still a close one to call.

Starting forwards Jimmy Butler (back) and P.J. Tucker (knee) will not play Tuesday’s game due to injury. Substitute guard Tyler Herro and Markieff Morris are also out of commission, which puts plenty of responsibility on Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, and Dewayne Dedmon.

Offense is not the Heat’s bread and butter. We expect the squad to start things off on defense. As a team, they hold opponents to 103.7 points (third) per game. It could be tough for the Pacers to pull away in this one. The Heat is the best team when it comes to limiting opponent points in the paint. They average 40.0 points in the area. This could prove crucial against an offense that likes to utilize the area. Meanwhile, the hosts can make use of better three-point shooting numbers. The Heat hits 36.5% of their free throws is the sixth-best record in the league at the moment.

Pacers vs. Heat Betting Trends

  • The Pacers are 5-2 in the last seven regular-season road games against the Heat (6-1 ATS).
  • The Pacers are 4-2 in the last six regular-season road games (3-3 ATS).
  • The totals went over in three of the Pacers’ last six regular-season road games against the Heat.
  • The Heat are 5-5 in the last ten regular-season games at the FTX Arena (6-4 ATS).
  • The Heat are 2-2 in the last four regular-season games against the Pacers (2-2 ATS).
  • The totals went under in six of the Heat’s last ten regular-season games against the Pacers.

Pacers vs. Heat Expert Betting Prediction

The Heat, like any of the frontrunners in the league, has an extensive injury list. Only Caleb Martin is under health and safety protocols, while the rest of the key players are expected to miss at least a few weeks of games. Nevertheless, they are a resilient team that can still produce.

The Pacers look significantly better than their opponents and get a shot at a two-game winning streak if they take advantage of a depleted Miami Heat unit. Covering the spread should be less of a problem for the side while retaining decent winning chances.

This is just one of the many sports betting guides that you can read here at NitroBetting news. Stay tuned for more NBA game previews and articles and don’t forget to check out the latest Basketball betting odds on the sportsbook.

*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.