The Miami Heat are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven conference final games, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks on Friday as they continue their best-of-seven series with the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Sports bettors will find that the Heat are seven-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 180.5 in the market.
Let's take a closer look at Game 2 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.
The Indiana Pacers suffered a disappointing 103-102 overtime loss to the Miami Heat as 8.5-point road underdogs in Game 1 on Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 181.5.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the Pacers are 5-23 straight up and 9-19 against the spread when getting 6.5 to nine points away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James tallied his ninth career triple-double in the playoffs on Wednesday—finishing with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
NBA handicappers will find that the Heat are 0-2 against the spread at home when the betting total is between 180 and 184.5 since the start of the regular season, with the OVER cashing in both of those contests.
I'm going to recommend that readers back the Indiana Pacers as their NBA playoff pick on Friday, as the underdog is 29-14-1 against the spread in the last 44 meetings in this series.
NBA Pick: Indiana Pacers +7
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