Folks who are engaged in NBA playoff betting at BetAnySports may have been expecting that the Miami Heat would take command in its Eastern Conference series against the Indiana Pacers. Well, the Heat is within one win of making it to the NBA Finals, and they can get that done tonight in Game 6, which is slated to begin at 8:35 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers
Eastern Conference Finals – Game 6
(Heat leads 3-2)
Saturday, June 1 – 8:35 PM ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis
The Heat got a nice effort from its defense on Thursday night, along with 30 points from LeBron James, to take a lead of three games to two and get themselves to the brink of a return trip to the Finals. Roy Hibbert wasn’t necessarily stopped, but the Pacers had only six offensive rebounds.
In the NBA playoff betting odds that have been posted by BetAnySports on this game, the Heat is the road favorite once again:
Miami Heat -2.5
Indiana Pacers +2.5
Over 183 Points -110
Under 183 Points -110
Heat wins game -142
Pacers win game +122
Game 5 had some subpar performances by players both teams are counting on. The Indiana starting backcourt of George Hill and Lance Stephenson had just five points total, and only eight points came from the entire bench. Sure, Paul George had 27 points, but he also turned the ball over five times.
The Heat (now listed at -210 to win the NBA title at BetAnySports) got only ten points from Dwyane Wade and seven from Chris Bosh, but once again Udonis Haslem was a difference-maker, with 16 points on eight-of-nine shooting. James sank a trio of three-pointers, as Miami shot 7 of 18 from beyond the arc, but the most important thing to remember coming into this critical Game 6 matchup for Indiana is the fact that their front line is still scoring at a decent clip. Hibbert, David West and George combined for 66 points, but the Pacers went through a major lapse in the third quarter, getting outscored 30-10 during one stretch.
This is obviously Indiana’s last stand, and they have played well in the post-season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, winning seven of eight games, with the only loss coming against the Heat in Game 3. They were not competitive in that one, as Miami turned up the pace a bit on them and they were not able to keep up.
You’ve got to wonder how much of a role Wade is going to play, with the problems he is having with his knee. When a member of the “Big Three” has taken only eight shots in an entire game, it’s a little disconcerting, especially if James’ jump shot isn’t working, because there is no way LeBron is going to be invading the paint on a regular basis with Hibbert guarding the rim.
In the $1 Million Charles Jay / BetAnySports Spring-Summer Showdown, we need a win, and were siding with the home team. Now Miami will have a more difficult time dealing with Indiana’s inside game because Chris “Birdman” Andersen has received a suspension from the NBA as a result of his altercation with Tyler Hansbrough on Thursday. That, together with Wade’s problems and the desperation Indiana is going to feel on its home floor, make the Pacers worth a long look on Saturday.
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