NBA Picks: Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat, Game 5

Jeff GrantContributor IMay 29, 2013

NBA Picks: Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat, Game 5

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    The Miami Heat are 7-3 against the spread when tied in a playoff series since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in South Beach, which can't be ignored when making your NBA picks on Thursday as they continue their best-of-seven series with the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Heat are 7.5-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 185.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 5 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way. 

Indiana Pacers

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    The Indiana Pacers knotted up this series at two games apiece—picking up a 99-92 victory over the Miami Heat as three-point home underdogs in Game 4 on Tuesday.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Pacers are 6-23 straight up and 10-19 against the spread as road underdogs of 6.5 to nine points over the last two-plus seasons.

Miami Heat

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    Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was left scratching his head on Tuesday night, as his team shot just 39 percent from the floor in Game 4.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Heat are 38-13 straight up and 27-24 against the spread as home favorites of 6.5 to nine points, with the OVER going 29-21-1 in that situation. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Miami Heat as their NBA playoff pick on Thursday, as they've covered the number in their last eight games following a straight-up loss.

    NBA Pick: Miami Heat -7.5

     

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