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NBA Lines - Heating Up

Posted by Elio Masi on 3/10/2012 12:14:14 PM

NBA Lines - Heating Up

The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers will meet for the 3rd time this NBA lines season on Saturday night, a matchup that has the 2nd and 5th place teams in the East pitted against each other. Miami currently leads the season series 2 games to none and has outscored the Pacers 223-173 in the victories.

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(30-9) Miami Heat vs. (23-14) Indiana Pacers
Live from: American Airlines Arena – FL
Tipoff: 7:30 PM ET Saturday, March 10, 2012
Broadcast: FSI, SunSpM, WAXY, WIBC

Miami-Mania

The Miami Heat currently sit 2nd in the East and remain only 1.5 games behind Chicago for first overall. They’ve been on quite the run as of late and have an 8-2 record to show for it. They’ve been exceptional on home court and have allowed for many of their fans to leave the American Airlines Arena happy this NBA lines season. Their 17-2 home record is one of the best in the NBA, second to only Oklahoma’s 17-1 record. Miami has gone 23-4 against conference opponents this season and haven't had much trouble with the Pacers either. They’ve beaten them 118-83 and 105-90 in their prior meetings this NBA lines season.

Pacing

Indiana has led a much different season; they’ve had a little trouble against divisional and conference opponents this season, going 3-3 and 15-11 respectively. Their 23-14 record is good enough to rank them 5th in the East but things might change and quickly, especially considering that they are only one game ahead of the 6th-placed Atlanta Hawks. However, if they are able to put together some strong string of play, they might be able to leapfrog the streaking 76ers, who are only ahead by 1.5 games come Friday. They hold a 12-9 record when traveling and will need to be on their game against one of the best home teams in the NBA. The Pacers currently sit 4th in the league in rebounds per game with 43.9 which means Miami better be ready for the second efforts of Indiana.

King James

LeBron James has been one of the best players in the NBA yet again. He has helped his team reach an average of 102.9 points per game. LeBron’s average of 27.7 points per game is also good enough to rank him third in NBA lines in the category and remains only 1 point behind the leader, Kobe Bryant. He has been hot for the heat this year and will need to continue if they want a serious chance in the playoffs.

Elio’s Edge

Bet on the Miami Heat – I like the way they’ve been playing and LeBron has also been great for them recently. Seeing a 101-98 finish for the Heat.

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