NBA Picks: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers, Game 3

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IMay 25, 2013

NBA Picks: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers, Game 3

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    The Miami Heat are 4-0 against the spread on the road during the 2013 NBA playoffs, which can't be ignored when making your picks Sunday, as they continue their best-of-seven series against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

    Sports bettors will find that the Heat are one-point favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 183.5 in the betting market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

Miami Heat

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    The Miami Heat have won at least one road game in their last 10 playoff series, as they look to bounce back from a 97-93 setback to the Indiana Pacers as 7.5-point home favorites in Game 2 on Friday.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Heat are 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games following a straight-up loss.

Indiana Pacers

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    The Indiana Pacers have to be very happy in earning a split of the first two games in Miami, as they've gone 6-0 straight up and against the spread at home during the postseason.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Pacers have won four of five games when tied in a playoff series, with the UNDER going 3-2 in that situation.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the listed underdog before Sunday's opening tip, as the team receiving points has covered four of the last five meetings in this series.

    NBA Pick: Listed underdog before opening tip


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