After destroying their rivals in Game Three of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat will bid to take a 3-1 series lead over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.
But is it now only a matter of time before the champions advance to square off with the San Antonio Spurs for the title?
If the chips fall as they did on Sunday, the answer is a resounding yes. Following the 114-96 win that saw Miami bully Indiana into submission, the Heat are now 1.09 to come out on top in this best-of-seven scrap with their foes at 6.60. And even though they host Game Four, the Pacers are around 2.22 to level matters and +2.5 on the handicap at 1.91.
The difference, of course, has been LeBron James. And the league MVP has sparkled all year long on the road, averaging 1.3 points and rebounds more away from the South Beach than at home. He’s notched up 29.3 in the three games to date, 2.5 above his regular season quotient, and he’s 1.85 to score over 27 tonight.
And yet again, LeBron is joint top of the Clutch List, with the greatest impact on games inside the final two minutes when teams are separated by less than five points.
Troublingly for Indiana, LeBron's co-leader is Heat team-mate Chris Bosh who, despite struggling to match the Pacers front line on the boards, is still averaging 16.3 points and is 1.85 to go over 15 this time around. So even if Indiana keeps it close, you can bet on Miami to come out on top.
Best bet: Go under 92.5 points in the first half of Indiana-Miami at 1.91