Eastern Conference Finals: Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat Predictions

Last Updated: June 1st, 2013 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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The NBA playoff odds are posted all over the internet, and here at Bankroll Sports, we are going to be taking an updated look at the Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat series. We’ll go game by game and updated all of the NBA odds and final scores for each of the series, so be sure to join us throughout this series, as we will be keeping this and all of the posts up to date for the NBA playoffs.

Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat NBA Playoff Schedule

Heat Win Series 4-3

Game 1: Indiana Pacers 102 – Miami Heat 103 (OT)
Game 2: Indiana Pacers 97 – Miami Heat 93
Game 3: Miami Heat 114 – Indiana Pacers 96
Game 4: Miami Heat 92 – Indiana Pacers 99
Game 5: Indiana Pacers 79 – Miami Heat 90
Game 6: Miami Heat 77 – Indiana Pacers 91
Game 7: Indiana Pacers 76 – Miami Heat 99

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Pacers vs. Heat Series Updates
Game 1: Head Coach Larry Vogel is going to be questioned for this one for the rest of his coaching career. The Pacers had a chance to steal Game 1 of this series if it could have figured out how to stop the Heat on their last possession on one of two occasions. On one opportunity, Chris Bosh knocked down the shot that sent the game to OT, and in the other, with Roy Hibbert sitting on the bench, LeBron James drove to the hoop for a rather uncontested layup that won the game in the extra frame. It’s a shame too, because Indiana palyed as well as it really could have. Hibbert scored 19 points and pulled down nine boards, while Paul George and David West combined to put up 53 points. Still, it was a day for the King. King James scored 30 points and had 10 boards and 10 assists for his first triple-double of the playoffs. C Chris Andersen scored 16 points off of the bench in his biggest game as a member of the Heat. Heat 103 – Pacers 102 (OT) (Heat Lead Series 1-0)

Game 2: The second verse was largely the same as the first for the Heat and the Pacers. Miami couldn’t figure out how to get into an offensive rhythm in this game, and it ultimately paid the price. No one outside of LeBron James as all that memorable for the Heat. King James scored 30+ points for the second straight game in this series, but the team around him really gave him no help whatsoever. Roy Hibbert scored 29 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the way for Indiana, and he was really a difference maker on both sides of the court. If the Heat aren’t going to be able to contain him, there is a real chance that this series could be in some serious jeopardy when push comes to shove. Pacers 97 – Heat 93 (Series Tied 1-1)

Game 3: Had you told Head Coach Frank Vogel that his team was going to be +12 on the offensive glass and hold the Heat down to just six fast break points in Game 3, he probably would have told you that his team was going to be ahead 2-1 in this series going into this week. However, the Heat shot the ball incredibly well, knocking down 54.5% of their shots from the field and 6-of-14 from beyond the arc. LeBron James was relatively quiet with just 22 points, but the rest of the team around him was awesome. Chris Andersen went a perfect 4-for-4 from the field again, and Udonis Haslem had his best game of the postseason by shooting 8-of-9 and scoring 17 points. The Pacers allowed a season-worst 70 points in the first half against Miami, and now, they are in a 2-1 series hole and face what, for all intents and purposes, is a must win Game 4 on Tuesday night. Heat 114 – Pacers 96 (Heat Lead Series 2-1)

Game 4: Indiana is back on terms, and it is back on terms in a game in which Mario Chalmers was seemingly unstoppable. Chris Bosh is still nowhere to be found for the Heat, as he only shot 1-of-6 from the field and didn’t hit a single shot from inside the arc. All of the regulars did their thing for the Pacers, as all five starters scored in double digits, including another remarakble game with 23 points and 12 boards by Roy Hibbert, who is dominating this series in the low blocks. The Pacers shot 50.0 percent from the field, and in spite of the fact that they only knocked down three triples for the whole game, they walked away with a relatively easy win. Pacers 99 – Heat 92 (Series Tied 2-2)

Game 5: The King has answered the call. LeBron James scored 30 points, and he really took over in a third quarter in which the Heat went from down four to up 13 to put Game 5 away for all intents and purposes. It was the first game in which Miami didn’t get crushed on the glass, as the Heat only lost the rebounding battle by one. They also shot the ball incredibly well for the game, knocking down 50.7 percent of their shots. Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen combined to shoot 10-of-11 from the floor in this one, though Andersen could be facing some discipline from the league for inexplicably shoving Tyler Hansbrough. Paul George had his best statistical game of the series, scoring 27 points with 11 boards and five assists, but it wasn’t enough to get over the hump. Heat 90 – Pacers 79 (Heat Lead Series 3-2)

Game 6: You have to give the Pacers all sorts of credit in this series. Every time the Heat look like they are going to deliever a haymaker and finish this series, Indiana just keeps coming right back and pushing even harder. It wasn’t the prettiest game in the world, but the Pacers fended off the fact that Miami knocked down its first six three-point attempts to ultimately win by double digits. Frustration is written all over the faces of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who combined to shoot 4-of-19 from the field in this one. LeBron James scored his 29 points, but an offensive foul against him in the fourth quarter took away any chances of a comeback, especially when he committed a technical foul after the play. Three members of the Pacers logged at least 11 boards, the second time in this series that they have pulled off that feat. Paul George and Roy Hibbert continued their awesome series, as they scored 52 points between them in the win. Pacers 91 – Heat 77 (Series Tied 3-3)

Game 7: The Heat officially took this series over once and for all in the second quarter of Game 7 when they outscored Indiana 33-16. Miami went on to walk away from the Pacers, and it did so by actually dominating on the boards for the very first time in this series and forcing a whopping 21 turnovers. The Pacers only got seven points out of Paul George, who battled foul trouble the whole night, and that proved to be their ultimately demise. LeBron James attempted 16 free throws, only four fewer than the entire Indiana team, and he scored 32 points to lead the way. Dwyane Wade added 21 and nine boards in his best game of this series as well. Heat 99 – Pacers 76 (Heat Win Series 4-3)

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2013 Pacers vs. Heat Series Preview

The Heat were more troubled by the Pacers last year in the playoffs than by any other team in the second season, and though they ultimately triumphed in the series, they were surely tested for the full six games that were played. Now, the two teams meet again, but this time, it’s in the Eastern Conference Finals, and the stakes are a heck of a lot higher.

The scariest part about this postseason to the Heat is that they really haven’t seemed to even remotely break a sweat in the playoffs yet. F LeBron James has averaged over 39 minutes per game, but no one else has been good for even 33 minutes. James is also the only man on the team averaging more than 14 points per game. He knows that he is going to have to do more than that here in the playoffs, as will G Dwyane Wade and F Chris Bosh. Wade is going to be happy to have basically a week off to rest his sore knee after putting away the Chicago Bulls. G Norris Cole is knocking down nearly 70% of his shots from the outside in these playoffs, and that’s really helping matters as well, and against an Indiana team that tries to force you to take outside shots, that’s of paramount importance.

The Pacers don’t have F Danny Granger this year, but they have figured out how to get the job done without him. They are almost at the point that they want to be at, but they still have one more huge hurdle to get over here in the form of the Heat. The statistics haven’t been overly pretty for Indiana in the second season thanks to the fact that its defense has locked down for the whole playoffs, but that has been the calling card for the team all season long. F Paul George has averaged 19.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game here in the second season, while we have really seen G George Hill, F David West, and C Roy Hibbert all come into their own, averaging at least 14 points per game apiece. G Lance Stephenson had the huge game in the close out game against the New York Knicks, and even he is averaging 9.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in the playoffs as well.

The regular season this year was one for the Pacers. Indiana won and covered two of the three games in this series, and the one loss came when the Heat were playing out of their minds during their 27-game winning streak. Five of the past six meetings have gone past the ‘total’ as well. That being said, we think that the Heat are the better of these two teams by a country mile, and we think that they are going to ultimately going to win this series going away. This is going to be at best a five-game series, though we think that this is going to end in an ugly sweep.

Pacers vs. Heat Series Prediction: Miami Heat in 4

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