Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat
Tip-off: Monday, June 3, 2013 – 8:30 PM ET
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
Game 7 is one important game for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Of course, it’s also a very important game for the Indiana Pacers.
The winner of tonight’s matchup will head to the NBA Finals and the loser will have to live with an offseason filled with regret. I
The teams will meet in Miami after the Heat have earned this perk by finishing with the NBA’s best record this season.
For Miami, tonits is an opportunity to move into the finals for the third straight year and try to impress their YouWager fans with the hope alive of winning a second straight title. For Indiana, it’s a opportunity to top off what could very well be one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history, considering that the Pacers finished 16 1/2 games behind the Heat in the regular season.
However, as bettors know Indiana has beaten the Heat five of nine times this season. They need a sixth, or else it was all for naught.
Tonight’s winner will open the NBA Finals on Thursday versus the San Antonio Spurs.
If we take a look at what has happened before, the NBA odds are long for Indiana. Since the league went to its current playoff format in 1984, home teams are 16-2 in Game 7’s played in the conference finals or NBA Finals.
Nevertheless, the Pacers were outstanding underdogs heading into this series, and if it wasn’t for a last-second collapse at the end of Game 1, they probably would already be East champs.
The Pacers headed to Miami possiby for an eight-day trip. If Indiana comes out victorious in Game 7, they will meet the Spurs in San Antonio.