Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat
The Indiana Pacers hope to even things up against the Miami Heat in Game 2 from South Beach. The Heat are -7 point favorites over the Pacers with an over/under point total set at 183.
Head to head, the underdog is 24-10-1 ATS in the last 35 meetings. The Heat are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 playoff games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5, 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 Conference Semifinals games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Pacers on the other hand are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 playoff games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5 and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games.
Led by two of the best players in the world, the Heat came from behind to take a 1-0 lead in the series opener on Sunday in Miami. Despite a six point deficit heading into half time, Miami didn’t panic and led by Dwayne Wade and Lebron James, who cominbed to score 61 points, outscored the Pacers by 15 points to cruise to a 95-86 victory. It wasn’t all good news however as Chris Bosh left the game with an abdominal strain late in the second quarter. Big men David West and Roy Hibbert led the visitors with 17 points apiece, while Danny Granger struggled with just seven points on 1-10 shooting.
If you had bet on the Pacers in Game 1, you would have been feeling pretty good about things at half time. However, it all came apart in the second half as Hibbert sat with foul trouble and Granger continued to struggle, while James and Wade took off. With everything that went on in Game 1, I think the Pacers have a good shot at taking this game tonight. Granger will play better, although he has always struggled against Lebron, while you would hope Hibbert can stay on the court longer this time. James and Wade will get there’s, but with no Bosh down low, Miami doesn’t have any post options whatsoever. I have a feeling Indiana could steal this one.
Indiana Pacers +7 Miami Heat