Indiana Pacers 2.18 – Miami Heat 1.70 (Pacers lead 1-0)
Expect one thing to happen in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday: LeBron James will come out with all guns blazing even if his Miami Heat team-mates are shooting blanks.
The reigning NBA champions proved a dud in Sunday’s opener against the Indiana Pacers, a 107-96 reverse that, in reality, wasn’t that close. James had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 27, but the Heat made just six-three pointers and allowed their hosts almost free reign offensively.
Size matters, and Miami’s lack of it won’t help. But they’re still available at 1.94 on a handicap of -2.5 and with Indiana’s inconsistency and James’ superiority, this series is far from done.
Since the multiple MVP arrived five years ago, the Heat have lost a Game 1 four times in the Playoffs. Every single time, they’ve gone onto win the series.
They’ll need to match the Pacers defensively while getting some fast breaks, which hints at another higher scoring contest – with going over the relatively meagre total line of 196.5 great value at 4.10.
If that happens, look for LBJ to pull out over 28.5 points (available at 1.80) and the Heat to draw level. If they don’t, then Indiana – who are currently 9.00 to advance 4-2 – will have a massive advantage.
Best bet: Go over 188.5 total points in Indiana – Miami at 2.43