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Pacers Magic Betting Tips - Young Pacers Will Be Tested On The Road By The Magic

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/3/2012 2:51:53 PM

The Indiana Pacers were expected to roll over the Orlando Magic without much of any problems, but after an unexpected loss in Game 1, they'll have to dig deep and show they can take a punch.

East First Round, Game 4: Indiana Pacers @ Orlando Magic - Saturday, May 5 
Sports betting line: No line

Why Indiana Will Win

The contours of this contest and the people paid to analyze it will calmly point out that that you bet on sports when you can gain a reasonable expectation of what will happen. The Indiana Pacers are not guaranteed to beat the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of this first-round playoff series; there are no guarantees in just about any aspect of life. However, if you had to make a decision on this game, Indiana would have to be it. The Pacers' youth showed in their late-stage collapse this past Saturday.

The Pacers were a supreme underdog to the Chicago Bulls in the 2011 playoffs, but they entered the 2012 postseason as an overwhelming favorite against Orlando, and the pressure attached to that label clearly caught up with the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Now, Indiana has to respond the right way to such a setback: with increased determination and attention to detail. One should expect the Pacers to rise to the occasion; they turned in a more impressive regular season than the Los Angeles Lakers did, rising to the fifth-best mark in the NBA. Indiana should be able to shrug off pressure and turn what was a mental burden on Saturday into a rallying cry this upcoming weekend in the state of Florida.

The Pacers should be able to clean up on the glass, and as long as they can lock down Orlando's three-point shooters, they should find themselves in a very favorable and advantageous position as the fourth quarter of Game 4 arrives.

Why Orlando Will Win

When you do your homework and assess game, you'll note that one of the assumptions behind an "Indiana to win the series in four games" prediction has quickly been undercut. Anyone who studies Sportsbook odds would be able to realize that the odds connected to this series have shifted – not overwhelmingly, but certainly a little bit – in the wake of Orlando's Game 1 win. A series that once felt like a four- or five-game cruise for the Pacers now has the feel of a six-game series. This is because the assumption that Orlando would roll over and die – emotionally giving up on the series before it even started – has been loudly refuted.

The Magic have done the exact opposite of throwing in the towel. They've used Dwight Howard's absence as a rallying point, not as a reason to sulk and go through the motions. Stan Van Gundy has this team playing great defense at the moment. If it can hold Indiana to 80 points or fewer, it should win yet again.

Who Will Win

It’s nice to think that Orlando can lock down Indiana again, but the Pacers will score more than 80 points. They'll relax on offense and shoot the ball with more confidence at crunch time. Indiana will take Game 4.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Indiana


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