Indiana Pacers 2.10 – Miami Heat 1.75 (Heat lead 3-1)
The defending champions are now just one win away from reaching their fourth successive NBA Finals. The Indiana Pacers have no option but to chase victory on Wednesday as they look to extend the Eastern Conference Finals.
It’s been downhill all way for the Pacers since their Game 1 triumph with three straight defeats leaving them at 15.00 to produce an incredible rally and advance.
The odds are long for a reason: only eight teams have ever overcome a 3-1 playoff deficit and even fewer at this late round.
And there were major steps back in Monday’s 102-90 reverse, including a pointless performance from Roy Hibbert and a cold start that saw Miami steamroll clear and leave Indiana in a futile search for answers.
Chris Bosh stepped out of his personal mire with 25 points, taking some of the load off LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. And that is what makes the Heat so difficult to shut down: if two of their Big Three are lighting up, they’re a tough counter. If all of the trio are on song, it’s nigh impossible to keep Miami under wraps.
James, who is averaging 28.8 points in this post-season, has once again affirmed his place as the game’s premier performer and he’ll have his eye on a bigger prize: some extra rest.
Closing out in five would give the Heat a week off before the Finals begin on June 5. Yet with the Pacers on the brink, it’s likely the hosts will try to push the pace with one last fling, which would make it worth a punt on going over the total points line of 186.5 at 2.18.
It might be the time where we see Paul George’s mettle tested with talk of him being a future MVP quietening with his inconsistencies of late.
However with home advantage, Indiana might just squeeze out enough to take this to a sixth, and surely final, clash back in South Beach at the weekend.
Best bet: Back Indiana on the handicap of -2.5 at 2.40