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Betting Predictions For Heat Pacers – Pacers Look To Get Hard In A Hurry With Game Six Thursday

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/23/2012 4:21:08 PM

“I can’t believe my team went soft”, Indiana Pacers’ president Larry Bird said after the team’s 115-83 loss to the Miami Heat in game five. “S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought it would happen. That’s all I have to say.” After taking control of the series in game three, the Pacers have given it right back to Miami with consecutive losses, the latest of which was disappointing not only for Bird, but for the entire organization. Indiana heads home Thursday with the chance to claw its way back in to the series in game six against the Heat, and it will be interesting to see how the team responds to the Hall of Famer’s comments with their sports betting playoff lives on the line.

Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers
Thursday May 24, 2012 – 8:00 PM ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana, Indiana
NBA Sportsbook Line: Miami Heat

Even more disappointing than the final score in game six is the fact that the Pacers now could be without Danny Granger and David West, who both suffered injuries in the loss. Both have been key to Indiana’s success so far, and without either of them the series could very likely come to an end.

NBA Betting Preview: Miami Heat

Miami has proven after dropping consecutive games that they do have the two most talented players in the series with Lebron James and Dwyane Wade going off for a combined 58 points in game five, but the little things that the secondary players have done have been just as important. Mario Chalmers had a career-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points on Tuesday, while Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem combined for another 23 points. The Heat responded to Indiana’s physical play with a dominant effort that bordered on “dirty”, and it will be interesting to see if they enter this game at full strength, or if the association hands out suspensions.

NBA Betting Preview: Indiana Pacers

Bird had every reason to be upset with the play of his team after watching how good they were in games two and three, but you have to wonder how the team responds to those comments. While he was probably looking to provide the Pacers with motivation to rally around, it could end up having the opposite effect if they worry too much about the physicality and don’t remain composed. Granger has been among the best players in the series for Indiana and they need his presence in the lineup.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

As long as Granger is healthy, the Pacers should be able to rebound in game six with a much better effort and force a seventh game. Once game five started to get out of hand and players were injured things unraveled in a hurry, but after a couple of days to refocus and rally together, Indiana should come out with its best sports bet contest’s of the series on Thursday.

NBA Betting Pick: Indiana Pacers

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