Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat
Tip-off: Friday, May 24, 2013 – 8:30 PM ET
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
The Indiana Pacers did not impress their fans or themselves when the lost a game at the final buzzer, no less than a playoff game away from home against the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat.
However, YouWager line movers know that the Pacers still have it in them. A dozen hours after LeBron James scored on a drive as time expired in overtime to give Miami a victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, Indiana was still standing when they arrived for practice at the arena where it all went sour in the series opener.
The second-guessing of Vogel’s decision to keep Roy Hibbert on the bench for the final play was still going strong, but the team insisted that they are still a strong group.
Game 1 was undoubtedly intense and down-to-the-wire , with 35 ties or lead changes over 53 scintillating minutes where neither team ever held more than a seven-point lead, both Indian and Miami would love for tonight’s game to be better.
It’s all about the level of play. This could definitely improve after a series-opener where both teams were turnover-happy — 20 for the Pacers, 21 for the Heat, hardly what online sports betting fans expect for either side — and play was at times choppy thanks in part to 58 personal fouls being called.
Game 1 was full of excitement — James’ 30-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist effort, Chris Andersen making all seven of his shots, David West and Hibbert combining for 20 field goals — and now the boxscore alone points to plenty of areas where things could get better for both sides tonight.
In the Heat’s case, key reserves Ray Allen, Shane Battier and Norris Cole combined to shoot 2 for 16. For the Pacers, Paul George — who finished with 27 points — only had two at halftime, and Lance Stephenson shot just 2 for 10.