Heat, Pacers, to bounce back after respective losses

Heat, Pacers, to bounce back after respective losses

The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers are coming into this game with both losses from their previous matches. The Heat suffered a loss from the Spurs, while the Pacers are coming from a loss against the Nets. Heat sustained a home defeat against the Spurs in a score of 115-111, a close game for them. Pacers on the other hand also had a close loss against the Nets in a score of 136-133. For this game, they are both aiming to turn their recent loss to victory as more losses could drop them in the standings. Their meeting will be on December 13, 2022, at 8:00 AM (GMT+8), with the Pacers hosting this match.

The Heat opens their four-game road games when they travel to the home turf of the Pacers for their meeting. This will be a tough assignment for the Heat as they need to find ways to be able to stop a high-scoring Pacers. Since Pacers are a high-scoring team, expect a shootout from these two teams. Pacers’ 133 points against the Nets on their last game is still not enough to win that match. The crowd is in favor for the Pacers, so expect that they are more motivated and more energetic for this game. The meeting between these two teams is a crucial match, this is an exciting clash between these two squads.

Miami Heat

NBA: Miami Heat
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On their last match, the Heat experienced a tough loss at home when they had their game against the Spurs. As they begin their four-game road trip, they are hoping to begin that with a win for better momentum. Before their game against the Spurs, they actually came from a win against the Clippers. However, they just could not find themselves in the winning momentum as they lost on their last game. Recently, this squad have been battling with inconsistency, which is not a good sight to see. From their last five road games, their record is not that good as well, as they have a record of 2-3. Offensively, they are inconsistent, averaging 108.6 points per game, making them the 28th in the league. As for their defense, they are also ineffective in that area as they allow 110.3 points per game, the eighth in the NBA.

Despite their recent results, this team is still lucky that they have Jimmy Butler who have been doing wonders for them. He is averaging 21.8 points per game along with six assists per game. Bam Adebayo on the other hand is also providing numbers for the Heat, and doubling his average in points, and almost a double digit rebound. He is averaging 10.8 points per game, along with 9.2 rebounds per game.

Indiana Pacers

NBA: Indiana Pacers
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While the Heat are in a four-game road trip, the Pacers are in a four-game home stand, which could be a huge boost for them. On their last three games, they recorded two losses and one victory. They lost against the Timberwolves, win over the Wizards, and disappointedly loss to the Nets. Their recent loss against the Nets is actually surprising as they are actually the predicted to win that match. Despite their recent results, they are still playing better than they did last season, and are still in an encouraging season. At home, this squad actually looks pleasing as they have an 8-5 record at home, and winning two of their last three. Their offense is at the sixth in the league as they average 115.9 points per game. Defensively, they are at the 26th as they allow 116.7 points per game.

Tyrese Haliburton have always been impressive for the Pacers, averaging 20.2 points per game. In fact, during their three consecutive games, he had at least 23 points each of those games. He receives help from Bennedict Mathurin who averages 17.9 points per game, and Buddy Hield who has 17.6 points per game.


Miami Heat
Total Under: 115.5
Odds: 0.92

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