NBA: Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat, Play off
- Title : NBA: Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat, Play off
The #5 seeded Miami Heat and #4 seeded Indiana Pacers will meet in the second game of their best of seven series at 1 pm EST on Thursday for the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.The Heat finished the regular season with a 44-29 record overall and 30-13 with-in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers went 45-28 on the season and 28-19 with-in the conference.
During the regular season, the Miami Heat won three of the four head-to-head meetings, with the Pacers only win against Miami coming last Friday night, 109-92 in the regular-season finale in a game that was relatively meaningless. Things mattered on Tuesday night, and the Miami Heat took a 1-0 series lead with a 113-101 victory, also coverring the spread I bet on
I took the Pacers to cover the spread in Game 1, but Jimmy Butler and the Heat were too much down the stretch. Still, the fact remains that these two teams were in a tied game into the fourth quarter, even with the Pacers missing Victor Oladipo for most of the game. Now trailing in the series, I expect the Pacers to give the Heat their best shot to avoid falling behind 0-2.
The games goes under 216 in Game 1, and will still the course here. We have two tough, blue-collar teams here, that hang their hats on effort and defense. Both sides rank in the top team in the NBA for defensive scoring, with Pacers third and Heat are 10th. Both teams also rank in the bottom half of the NBA when it comes to pace, with Indiana 19th and Miami 27th. With the stakes raised, don't expect an increase in pace and decrease in the defensive effort. I am going to take the under.
Prediction: Under 216,5 points