Game 2- Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat
Pointspread: Miami -7.5
Total Line: 185
The Indiana Pacers will look to even things up with the Miami Heat this Tuesday night as the two continue their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup at the American Airlines Arena in Game 2 of this best-of-seven series The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on TNT.
Indiana was extremely competitive for three quarters of Sunday’s series opener but by the end of the final quarter it found itself on the losing end of a 95-86 decision as an 8.5-point road underdog. This setback followed the Pacers five-game run against Orlando in the first-round of the playoffs. They are now 4-2 straight-up and 3-3 against the spread in six playoff games. The total stayed ‘under’ the 186.5 total in Game 1 and has stayed ‘under’ in four of their six playoff games.
If Indiana is going to have any shot at bouncing back in this game it is going to need a few players to step-up shooting the ball. The Pacers shot 40.3 percent from the field and was a dreadful 4-for-17 from three point range.
Miami was by no means in top form on Sunday with a 40.7 percent shooting performance from the floor and a 0-for-6 effort from beyond the arc, it still played well enough to win. Overall, the Heat are shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three-point range in the postseason; averaging 95.5 points a game while holding their opponents to an average of 83.3 points.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade held up their end of the bargain with a combined 61 points in Game 1. The third member of the Big Three, Chris Bosh, will most likely be sidelined for this game and possibly beyond after straining his lower abdomen in Sunday’s win. Miami is now 5-1 both SU and ATS in its six postseason games this year.
The Pacers have gone just 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a SU loss and the total has gone ‘over’ in nine of their last 12 games as underdogs.
The Heat’s victory both SU and ATS moved them to 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 conference semifinal games. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 23 of their last 30 games at home.
Head-to-head, Miami won three of four games SU in the regular season and was 2-2 ATS. The underdog is still 24-10-1 ATS record in the last 35 meetings and the total has stayed ‘under’ in five of the last seven meetings in Miami.
The loss of Bosh will hurt, but it will not be enough to keep this game close enough for Indiana to cover with the 7.5 points. The Heat once again rally late and stretch the margin to double-digits this time around. Miami 98 Indiana 88
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