Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat have gone from favorites to win the title, to at risk of being down three games to one to the Pacers, as the Heat desperately need a win Wednesday against the Pacers in Indiana. The Heat are -1 point favorites over the Pacers with an over/under point total set at 179.
The Indiana Pacers have flown under the radar the majority of the season as the Pacers have played second fiddle to the Bulls in the Central division. Indiana is playing outstanding ball right now as the Pacers are playing solid team basketball, and currently hold a one game advantage over the Miami Heat. The Pacers last faced the Heat on Thursday, and Indiana took care of business, defeating the Miami Heat 94-75. The Pacers were led by George Hill who finished with 20 points, but the Pacers had four different starters reach double digit points against the Heat, and center Roy Hibbert put up a double double against Miami scoring 19 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.
The Miami Heat are in danger of falling two games back of the Pacers, and the way that Indiana is playing right now, that could be a death sentence for the Heat. Miami is without Chris Bosh, which is proving very costly as LeBron is forced to defend out of his normal position, and the Pacers just spread the wealth too much for the Heat to focus on one or two key players. In Miami’s last outing against the Pacers, the Heat were led offensively by Mario Chalmers who finished with 25 points against the Pacers, with LeBron finishing a close second with 22 points. Dwayne Wade definitely wasn’t himself on Thursday as Wade scored just five points on the night, and grabbed five boards.
The Pacers have won six of their last seven games heading into Sunday’s match-up with the Heat, and the Pacers are 2-4 against the spread in their last six games against Miami. The Heat are just 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five games, and Miami has won four of their last six games against the Pacers in Indiana.
This game is a very tough call and is basically a coin flip. I can see advantages to either side here, but I think the Heat get the win and the cover against the Pacers on Sunday. Miami will be well rested, and you can be assured that Wade will do everything in his power to have more of a presence on Sunday. Just a lean, but I have to back the Heat here.
Miami Heat -1 Indian Pacers