Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat
Tip-off: Thursday, May 30, 2013 – 8:30 PM ET
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
When the NBA playoffs started Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra insisted that the postseason path the Heat might end up navigating had the potential to be more difficult than the route they took to the NBA championship in 2012.
Spoelestra was probably right.
YouWager line movers consider the Heat are facing difficulties. They don’t seem to be able to get enough rebounds, Dwyane Wade is still not at full force, Chris Bosh is inconsistent – tonight things might get even more difficult when Miami hosts the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of a super-competitive Eastern Conference finals that’s now knotted at two games apiece.
Game 6 will take place in Indiana on Saturday while the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs keep waiting to see who they’ll face in the NBA Finals starting on June 6.
If bettors take a look at history History they will note that Game 5 winner when a series is tied at 2-2 has a huge advantage even though that’s a premise that Miami both proved and disproved last season.
Back when Miami and Indiana split the first four games of their second-round series in 2012, the Heat rolled to a 115-83 home victory in Game 5 and captured the series in six games.
Fast forward to one game later and the Heat lost a home Game 5 of the East finals versus the Boston Celtics, then went on the road for Game 6 and got a virtuoso 45-point night from LeBron James to stave off elimination before coming home and winning a super exciting game for a Game 7 to advance.
Taking all of this into account, it’s not hard to believe why Spoelstra said Miami isn’t looking back at any series as a blueprint for how the final acts of this one should go.
The Pacers came into the series stating and seriously considering that they could find a way to oust the team that was virtually preordained as a champion entering these NBA playoffs. That is still the same.