The defending champion Miami Heat will attempt to secure a 2-0 Eastern Conference Finals advantage tonight as they host the Pacers for Game 2 in the best of seven set. This evening’s game is scheduled to tip off at 8:30pm ET at the AmericanAirlines Arena (TNT). NBA Odds at offshore bookmaker 5Dimes are favoring the Heat at -7.5 against the spread and -340 on the money line ($340 wins $100). Indiana is lined at +280 odds ($100 wins $280) to even the series at a game apiece. The total in tonight’s game is set at 180.5 points.
Miami received a major scare on Wednesday night as the hard-nosed Pacers defied the odds makers (played as a +8 against the spread dog) and sent Game 1 into overtime. Indiana failed to capitalize in the extra frame, though, and its coach, Frank Vogel, can take part of the blame.
With under two seconds remaining in overtime and the Heat holding possession, Vogel elected to leave 7-foot defensive stalwart Roy Hibbert on the bench. LeBron James exploited the mistake, blowing past Paul George into to the paint for a game winning layup.
Miami won the game 103-102 despite shooting 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from beyond the arc and 64 percent from the charity stripe (16-of-25). James finished the game with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in leading the Heat to their Game 1 victory.
The Pacers got 27 and 26 points from Paul George and David West, respectively, while the aforementioned Hibbert registered 19 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks.
Wednesday’s game marked the Heat’s fifth win in their last seven meetings with the Pacers. It, however, was the only victory that did not come by eight or more points. Six of those seven games crested tonight’s posted total of 180.5 points.
Notable Trends: The Over is 10-0 in the Heat’s last 10 games as a home favorite with a total between 190 and 185 points.
Pacers vs Heat Game 2 Odds:
Indiana Pacers +7.5 (-110), Over 180.5 (-110), +280 (Moneyline)
Miami Heat -7.5 (-110), Under 180.5 (-110), -340 (Moneyline)
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