NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 20

NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 20

NBA Playoffs

Pacers shot 52% in Game 1, outscored Heat 29-10 on foul line, putting six in double figures. Home side won all five Miami-Indiana games this season; Heat lost last five visits to Indiana by 7-6-1-12-11 points. Six of last eight series games went over the total. Miami is 8-3 in playoffs, 3-2 on road; they're 6-5 as favorite in playoffs. Indiana is 9-5 in playoffs, 5-0 vs spread when they are getting points. Under is 29-20 in Pacers' home games this season.

Over is 44-30 in playoffs this season.
Favorites are 25-49 in playoffs this season.

Armadillosports.com

Blade
useravatar
Online
210918 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 20

Game of the Day: Heat at Pacers
By Covers.com

Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers (+2, 184)

The real Indiana Pacers are in the process of standing up, and the Miami Heat are going to need stand up right alongside. The Heat will attempt to draw even in the Eastern Conference finals when they visit the Indiana Pacers for Game 2 on Tuesday. Indiana limped through the last half of the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs but was clearly the dominant team in Game 1, leading wire-to-wire as Miami struggled to get stops.

The Pacers enjoyed their highest-scoring game of the postseason with the 107-96 Game 1 victory and got at least 15 points from all five starters. “It’s a good start to the series but it’s just a good start, that’s all it is,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel told reporters. “We’ve got to expect a great fight in Game 2.” The Heat lost for just the second time in the playoffs but remained unconcerned and confident moving forward. “They took care of business in Game 1, but we’ll figure it out for Game 2,” said LeBron James, who put up 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals for Miami.

LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Heat as 2-point road faves. The line moved to -2.5 but has settled back at the original number. The total hasn't moved off 184.

INJURY REPORT: Pacers - F Evan Turner (Probable, illness), C Andrew Bynum (out for season).

WHAT THE CAPPERS SAY: "After losing in the postseason to Miami in 2012 and in 2013, securing home court advantage during the 2014 Eastern Conference Playoffs was pretty important to Indiana. So far though, home court hasn't been much of an advantage for the Pacers after they lost Game 1 in each of their first two series this year. Indiana looked sharp in Game 1 vs. Miami though and would not even need the 2.5 points it was afforded, winning outright handily. The Heat are once again favoured by 2.5 in Game 2. All eyes are now on LeBron James and coach Eric Spolestra, who will need to make some quick adjustments or face an 0-2 hole for the first time in the Eastern Conference Finals." - Covers Experts' Nick Parsons

ABOUT THE HEAT: Miami stuck with the small lineup that served it well in the semifinals instead of trying to match Indiana’s bigger starters. That plan left center Chris Bosh along the perimeter, where he went 0-of-5 from 3-point range and finished with just nine points, and put him on bruising Roy Hibbert defensively. “That’s probably us at our worst defensively,” coach Eric Spoelstra told reporters. “You have to give (the Pacers) the credit. … It’s a matchup collectively that we have to figure out. That’s the whole point of competition.” The Heat got a strong performance from guard Dwyane Wade, who scored a game-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting.

ABOUT THE PACERS: Indiana made it a goal at the beginning of the season to earn homecourt advantage over Miami and made sure it would not suffer a letdown at home. The Pacers, who dropped Game 1 at home in each of the two previous rounds, scored the first seven points and never trailed in Game 1, keeping the advantage at double figures for most of the fourth quarter. “We’re just being aggressive off the bounce, trying to attack, force help and then share it,” Vogel said. “It’s a pretty simple plan. It’s not always easiest to execute, but I thought our guys executed pretty well offensively.” Paul George led with 24 points and C.J. Watson provided key minutes off the bench.

TRENDS:

* Home team is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings.
* Heat are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points.
* Over is 4-0 in Heat last four overall.
* Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five vs. NBA Southeast.

COVERS CONSENSUS: Just over 67 percent of wagers on Covers Consensus are on the Miami Heat.

Blade
useravatar
Online
210918 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 20

Game 2 - Heat at Pacers
By Sportsbook.ag

Miami (62-30) at Indiana (65-31)

Sportsbook.ag Line and Total: Miami -2.5, Total: 184

The Heat look to even up the Eastern Conference Finals in Tuesday's Game 2 to a Pacers team that had complete control of the series opener right from the opening tip.

Indiana got off to an early start on Sunday, led by double-digits at halftime and never looked back in a 107-96 victory as a 1.5-point underdog in the contest. Although Miami made a strong 51% FG in the loss, the club hit just 26% threes (6-of-23) and 67% FT (10-of-15), which was much worse than the 52% FG, 42% threes (8-of-19) and 78% FT (29-of-37) from its opponent. The Pacers also dominated the glass with a 38-29 rebounding advantage, while holding the Heat to only four offensive boards. With Sunday's outcome, Indiana is now 9-4 SU and 8-5 ATS over the past three seasons when hosting Miami. Overall during this timeframe, the Heat hold a 14-11 SU advantage, while the Pacers are 13-12 ATS in those contests. These teams are very evenly matched and play each other extremely tough nearly every time they step on the floor.

Both teams have positive betting trends for Game 2, as over the past two seasons, Miami is 16-5 ATS (76%) in road games after pulling down five or less offensive rebounds, and is also 26-11 ATS (70%) revenging a same-season loss. However, Indiana is up against a team that is 9-18 ATS (33%) after two or more consecutive overs this season. The Pacers also happen to be 7-1 ATS over the past three seasons after two straight games where they made at least 50% of their shots. The only significant injury for either team is Indiana reserve SG Evan Turner, who missed Game 1 with strep throat, but he is expected to play on Tuesday.

The Heat have not been a great road team this season at 25-21 SU (22-22-2 ATS), and although they seemed unfazed by losing home-court advantage during the regular season, the result of Game 1 will surely have them panicking at least a little. Miami came out and looked rather flat from the start, never having control of the game. Outside of SF LeBron James (29.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.8 SPG in playoffs) and SG Dwyane Wade (18.8 PPG, 4.0 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.2 SPG in playoffs), the Heat got very little help from their remaining starters. Both stars had nearly identical offensive games with James scoring 25 points on 11-of-18 FG and Wade pouring in a game-high 27 points on 12-of-18 FG, but finished with game ratings of minus-13 and minus-9, respectively. James was at his best when he was attacking the rim, but the Pacers did a good job of collapsing and forcing the other Heat members to beat them. James will need to be more aggressive and might have to force the agenda just to get himself some more shot attempts in Game 2. Wade scored a lot of his points in garbage time, but he did look solid offensively. He had trouble on the other side of the ball with his matchup with Lance Stephenson.

Miami will have little to no chance if PF Chris Bosh (14.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.4 BPG in playoffs) is not giving them anything offensively. Bosh was miserable all Game 1, finishing with just nine points (4-of-12 FG, 0-of-5 threes), two rebounds and a game-worst rating of minus-16. Miami can’t afford to have its only true big man struggling to rebound like Bosh did, and he also is going to need to knock down his open jumpers. PF Chris Andersen (6.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.4 BPG in playoffs) played some excellent minutes on Sunday, finishing with 14 points (6-of-7 FG), four rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes. Andersen gave the Heat everything that Bosh didn’t on the defensive end and the glass. He will need to continue to bring some energy to Miami if they are going to tie up this series. SG Ray Allen (9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG in playoffs) also contributed big minutes off the bench with 12 points, five boards and four assists, which helped make up for the horrible game that starting PG Mario Chalmers (9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG in playoffs) had in Game 1. In 37 underwhelming minutes, Chalmers scored just six points (2-of-9 FG, 1-of-4 threes) with four fouls and a minus-15 rating. He did run the offense effectively though with five assists and zero turnovers.

The Pacers have waited all season to play the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, and in Game 1 they looked like a team that is ready to reach the NBA Finals with all five starters scoring at least 15 points and posting a double-digit rating. Now they must bring the same focus to Game 2 to maintain home-court advantage. SG Lance Stephenson (13.7 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.1 APG in playoffs) really set the pace for Indiana on Sunday, finishing with 17 points (8-of-12 FG), eight assists and four rebounds in 41 minutes. Stephenson was on fire shooting the ball and he also played excellent defensively. SF Paul George (22.1 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 4.0 APG, 2.2 SPG in playoffs) was also superb on both ends of the floor for the Pacers. George finished with 24 points (7-of-13 FG, 3-of-6 threes), seven assists and four rebounds while also playing some pesky defense against LeBron James.

C Roy Hibbert (9.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.6 BPG in playoffs) looked more like the guy that was an All-Star in the Eastern Conference than the player who was a liability on the court towards the end of the season. The big man finished with 19 points (5-of-13 FG, 9-of-13 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and a game-best +19 rating in 39 minutes of play. If Hibbert can continue to give the Pacers a source of low-post scoring, Miami will struggle in the series as it does not have the size to stop Indiana inside. PF David West (14.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4.3 APG in playoffs) has been playing out of his mind the past two games for Indiana. After scoring 29 points in the closeout win over the Wizards, West had 19 points (8-of-11 FG), seven rebounds and three assists in Game 1 against the Heat. West has been shooting very well from mid-range and scoring rather easily in the post due to the Heat’s lack of size. If West can continue scoring like he has, the Pacers could be advancing to the NBA Finals.


Check out more NBA Odds and Props at Sportsbook.ag!

Blade
useravatar
Online
210918 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 20

NBA: Streaks, Tips, Notes
Sportspic.com

Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers

Taken behind the woodshed spanked 107-96 as a two-point road favorite in the opener the Heat look to even up the Eastern Conference Finals when they hit the hardwood at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Tuesday. The Heat not a great road team this season at 25-21 SU (22-22-2 ATS) have now lost five consecutive games in Pacers back yard (1-4 ATS). However, Heat have a few positive betting trends when they step on the floor. Heat are 13-4 SU this season (10-6-1 ATS) revenging a same-season loss, 10-3 (9-4 ATS) off a double digit second season loss, 5-2 SU/ATS after a Round-Three loss while Pacers enter 3-5 ATS on home court these playoffs, 5-14 ATS the past nineteen overall on home court.

Blade
useravatar
Online
210918 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 20

NBA Playoff Picks
By: Craig Williams 
Sportingnews.com

Are the Indiana Pacers back? No doubt they're fired up to be meeting the Miami Heat for the third straight postseason -- the second straight time in the conference finals -- but we'll have to see more than one game to know if they're truly ready to make this a series.

Indiana took Game 1 as a 2-point underdog, and bookmakers opened the Game 2 spread at Miami -2.5. The line remained unchanged at most Las Vegas bet shops through Tuesday morning. The total is between 184 and 185.

At the South Point, the series prices was adjusted after the Heat's loss in Game 1. After opening Heat -370/Pacers +310, it was moved to -200/+170.

Miami put up little defensive resistance against Indiana in Sunday's series opener, allowing the Pacers to score 107 points on 51.5 percent shooting from the field and 42.1 percent from beyond the arc. The Pacers also lived at the foul line, hitting 29 of 37 attempts compared to 10 of 15 for the Heat.

LeBron James (25 points) and Dwyane Wade (27 points) didn't receive enough from their supporting cast -- although 14 points from Chris Anderson was certainly a surprise. Chris Bosh shot 34 percent from three-point land in the regular season and 42.5 percent on his 40 attempts during the postseason, but he missed all five tries on Sunday. Despite his relative success of late, Bosh wasn't brought to South Beach to camp out behind the three-point line.

All five starters in the Pacers' lineup scored in double figures, led by Paul George's 24. Lance Stephenson was under a microscope after his comments regarding Wade's knee, but he came through with 17 points, eight assists and four boards.

A Game 2 win would obviously put the Pacers in a great position before hitting the road, but the Heat are a road favorite for a reason. They're not going to be rattled by an early uphill battle.

The Linemakers' lean: We’re thoroughly impressed with the way the Pacers have bounced back to return to the solid team we remember from January, when they were the highest-rated team in the NBA. All five Indiana starters have scored in double figures the past two games, and the Heat figure to be in a dog fight.

The point spread may not reflect the rapid improvements by the Pacers, and the Heat are a little inflated, but we love LeBron James in bounce-back games. We look for him to put the Heat on his shoulders and get the Heat even in this series, which makes laying the inflated line okay.

We also like the game to stay UNDER 185, a number that has been increased because of the 203 points the two team combined for in Game 1, when the total was just 182.

The plays are Miami and UNDER.

Blade
useravatar
Online
210918 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: NBA Betting News and Notes Tuesday, May 20

Game 2 - Heat at Pacers
By Kevin Rogers
VegasInsider.com

The Heat has never fallen behind 2-0 in a playoff series since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the roster in 2010, as Miami is 3-0 in this situation heading into tonight’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Indiana. The Pacers set the tone early in Sunday’s series opener, eyeing the Heat after getting eliminated by Miami in each of the last two postseasons.

Finally armed with home-court advantage, Frank Vogel’s team jumped out of the gate in Game 1 to a 30-24 edge after one quarter, the highest point total in the opening 12 minutes of the playoffs for Indiana. The Pacers increased the lead to double-digits at halftime, 55-45, while building the advantage as high as 19 in a 106-97 triumph to cash as two-point underdogs. Indiana improved to 5-0 straight-up and against the spread in the ‘dog role this postseason, while receiving points at home for the first time in the playoffs.

The Pacers topped the 100-point mark for just the second time in the playoffs, while winning a series opener for the first time after falling to the Hawks and Wizards in previous Game 1’s. All five Pacers scored in double-digits, led by Paul George’s 24 points, while David West and Roy Hibbert each chipped in 19 points to represent the Indiana frontcourt. C.J. Watson chipped in 11 points off the Pacers’ bench, while Indiana attempted 22 more free throws than Miami (37-15).

The Heat shot the ball well from the field (51%), but James and Dwyane Wade did the heavy lifting by combining for 52 points, while Bosh was limited to just nine points. For the second straight game, Miami struggled from downtown, hitting only 6-of-23 three-pointers, including an 0-for-5 effort from Bosh, who drilled the go-ahead trey in the Game 4 victory at Brooklyn in the second round.

Miami has lost five straight visits to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, including all three trips to the Hoosier State this season. However, Erik Spoelstra’s team has been exceptional off a loss in the postseason the last few years, posting a 10-0 SU and 9-1 ATS record since the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals off a defeat. This is the fourth postseason for the Big Three in Miami, as this team has lost consecutive road games just twice, coming to Boston in 2012 and Dallas in the 2011 Finals.

VegasInsider.com’s Chris David reminds us that taking the points has been the way to go in the playoffs, “This year’s postseason has seen underdogs cash at the betting counter and favorites advance on the hardwood. That trend continued in this matchup as the Pacers captured Game 1, yet the Heat are still favored in Game 2 and in the series. It appears that Indiana still hasn’t earned the respect of the betting public and I feel that’s a mistake. The NBA is all about matchups and regardless of what you’ve seen in the last couple months from both clubs, you can’t deny that Indiana is better this season and Miami is nowhere close to the squads that won the last two championships.”

The Heat opened this series at -440 (Bet $440 to win $100), but that number has dropped to -200 following the Game 1 loss. Meanwhile, the Pacers have dropped from +350 (Bet $100 to win $350) down to +170 to advance to the conference finals.

Heading into tonight’s Game 2, David looks at the Pacers’ recent home domination of the Heat, “Since this rivalry erupted in the 2012 playoffs, Indiana has gone 9-3 at home against Miami, which includes the last five meetings played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. During this recent winning streak, the Pacers have held the Heat offense in check, allowing just 86.4 PPG. Personally, I’m leaning to the home ‘dog again based on those facts and I like going against the betting public. However, it does concern me a little that Miami has never trailed 2-0 in a playoff series since they started its “Big Three” version in 2010.”

From a totals perspective, the number has jumped several points following the high-scoring output in the opener, “The total for Game 2 has been adjusted up to 184, compared to the closing number of 182 in Game 1. The pace for the opener was real slow but both clubs shot better than 50 percent from the field and they also combined for 39 made free throws. Betting the ‘under’ is hard with these low numbers, especially with Miami. The Heat have watched the ‘over’ go 8-2 in the postseason but the margins are very close,” David said.

The Heat are listed as 2½-point favorites at most spots, as Miami is 3-2 SU/ATS in the road favorite role in this postseason. The game tips off at 8:30 PM EST from Indianapolis and can be seen on ESPN.

Blade
useravatar
Online
210918 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Board Info

Board Stats:
 
Total Topics:
44599
Total Polls:
2
Total Posts:
278196
Average Posts Per Hour:
4.7
User Info:
 
Total Users:
3503
Newest User:
mathewdavis
Members Online:
2
Guests Online:
2303

Online: 
Wilson, Blade

Forum Legend:

 Topic
 New
 Locked
 Sticky
 Active
 New/Locked
 Sticky/Locked

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com