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Indiana did everything right to put itself in position to steal a win on the road in Game 1, but still came up just short in a 103-102 overtime loss as a 7.5-point underdog. The total went way OVER the 181.5-point line. This unexpected shootout for a Pacers’ team that averaged just 92 points in its first 12 playoffs games proved that it can stand toe-to-toe with Miami. However, the key to stealing a win on Friday night will be to quickly get this heart-breaking loss out of their head.
Indiana returns to action this Wednesday night in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals against a team that it beat two of three times in the regular season both straight-up and against the spread. It had the benefit of playing two of those games at home after coming-up short 105-91 as a 6.5-point road underdog the last time they met in mid-March.
Miami has already run the gambit in this series with a stunning 93-86 loss at home in Game 1 as a 12.5-point home favorite, a 115-78 laugher as a 13-point home favorite in Game 2 and a strong finish in last Friday’s Game 3 to come out on top 104-94 as an 8.5-point favorite on the road.
The defending champions dominated the regular season with the best record in the NBA and rolled over Milwaukee in four games in the opening round of the playoffs, so nobody was more stunned than the Heat themselves when they dropped Game 1 of this series 93-86 as 12.5-point favorites at home.
Chicago’s stay in the postseason was expected to be a short one as an underdog in its opening round series against Brooklyn, but after building a surprising 3-1 lead it hung on to win with a 99-93 victory in this past Saturday’s Game 7 as a seven-point underdog on the road. The Bulls went 3-4 against the spread in that series with the total going OVER in five of the seven games.
The last time the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat got on the court together, it was the Bulls that were ending Miami’s 27-game winning streak, the second longest in NBA history. Now, the two meet again in South Beach for their final regular season meeting in what could be a precursor to a second round meeting in the postseason.
Boston has pretty much settled into the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 2.5-game gap with sixth-place Chicago and Atlanta and a three-game lead over Milwaukee, which is in eighth. It has gone just 2-4 straight-up and 1-5 against the spread in its last six games which is not the best form to have heading into the postseason.
The Bucks still find themselves below .500 on the year both straight-up at 37-39 and against the spread at 34-42, but they finally locked-up the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this past Saturday night. A 100-83 romp over Toronto as six-point home favorites sealed the deal but it was just their third victory SU and ATS in their last 10 games. The total stayed UNDER the 202.5-point line against the Raptors and it has now stayed UNDER in four of their last seven games.
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For a game that is being played under the national spotlight of ESPN, the Miami Heat certainly don’t seem to be taking things all that seriously. Alas, the men that Head Coach Erik Spoelstra will throw out there are still going to clearly be the superior team on the court against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.