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Indiana has already defied the odds by taking this series the full seven games. It is now one win away from pulling of one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history after forcing a Game 7 with Saturday night’s 91-77 romp in Game 6 as a 2.5-point underdog at home.
The Pacers had Miami on the ropes for over half of Thursday night’s Game 5, but with no answer on how to contain the NBA’s best player, they fell 90-79 as 7.5-point road underdogs. The total stayed UNDER the 185.5-point line after going OVER in the first four games of this series. The loss also put them on the brink of elimination heading into Saturday night’s Game 6.
After getting a series split and darn near taking both games in South Beach, the Indiana Pacers are going to have their best shot to take a lead in the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night when they square off with the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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.