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Heat Look To Put Pacers On The Ropes In Game Five Tuesday

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/27/2013 7:29:10 PM

The Miami Heat can never be counted out. That has held true in the NBA Eastern Conference Final. After barely coming through with an overtime win over the Indiana Pacers in game one, the Heat lost game two and seemed to concede the momentum heading on the road for game three. However, Miami responded with its best game of the series so far – a 114-96 win at Indiana that has given them the 2-1 series lead. The Heat now have the opportunity to put the Pacers on the ropes with a game-four win on Tuesday night, which would give them the chance to clinch the online sports betting series at home in game five.

Eastern Conference Final
Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers
Tuesday May 28, 2013 – 8:30 PM ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Sportsbook Line: Indiana – 2.5

Indiana can’t afford to head back to Miami down 3-1 in the series, and should come out and play with a greater sense of urgency than they showed in game three. The Pacers simply couldn’t slow down the Heat in game four, and must do a better job of containing Lebron James and his outlet passes.

NBA Betting Preview: Miami Heat

Those outlet passes were leading to basket after basket in game three, as Lebron finished with 22 points but also did a ton of creating for his teammates even though he registered just three assists. Lebron was often the first passer on scoring sequences in the game, and it helped that his teammates were hitting the wide-open looks he helped to create. Udonis Haslem suddenly became a factor in the series after hitting 8-of-9 shots for 17 points, while Chris Bosh and Chris Anderson combined for 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Miami is a very dangerous team when Lebron and Dwyane Wade are hitting their shots, and they are nearly impossible to beat when Bosh, Haslem, and other individuals get in on the act.

NBA Betting Preview: Indiana Pacers

Four of the five Indiana starters registered double-digit point totals in game three, but Paul George and Roy Hibbert combined to hit just 7-of-22 shots and that wasn’t nearly good enough to keep up with this Heat team. The Pacers will need to do a much better job of slowing down the Miami offense in game four, with a focus on creating chances off of turnovers. Indiana showed in games one and two that it has the talent and desire to battle hard for every possession, but conceded far too many easy looks in game four and that must change for the Pacers to have a shot at coming back in this sports betting series.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Game three was a disaster for Indiana, and suddenly that game-one overtime loss looms large in the series. The Pacers could not keep up with Miami in game three and must do a much better job of slowing down Lebron and the Heat offense. George and Hibbert must also be more efficient, as Indiana tries to even this series at two wins each.

NBA Betting Pick: Indiana Pacers


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