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NBA Playoffs Free Picks: Pacers vs. Heat Game 5

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 08:05

Free Picks: Pacers vs. Heat Game 5Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat – Thursday (Series tied 2-2)

The best online sportsbook experts kind of figured that this Eastern Conference final between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers was going to take a few games to settle. As it stands right now, the series will go at least six games and no one is really able to make a confident guess as to which team will come out the winner. At this point, this is still anyone’s series and the Pacers are definitely not withering in the presence of the Heat.

The reason that the sportsbook agents suspected this series would take at least six games is the way that the Pacers played the Heat in the regular season. Normally, the regular season has almost no bearing on how the playoffs will turn out. But the Indiana Pacers have managed to maintain the defensive dominance they had over the Heat in these playoffs. Miami has had a couple of games where they scored a lot more points that the Pacers would have liked. But, for the most part, the Pacers have been able to keep the Miami Heat under control and have avoided allowing Miami to sustain long periods where the Heat can score at will. If Miami wants to defend its NBA title, it is going to have to figure out how to beat Indiana.

 

Indiana Pacers

If you want to place an online bet in this game five, then you will probably have some points added to the Pacers’ final score. Just because the Heat is favored to win this game does not mean that Miami will dominate. Indiana has been very effective at preventing the Heat from having significant time in the paint. The Pacers have kept the Heat outside the perimeter and that has been one of the main reasons why Indiana has been so successful in this series. In order to win game five, the Pacers will need to continue their physical style of defense that seems to keep Miami in check.

Miami Heat

Just about every sports betting website is expecting the Miami Heat to win game five, mostly because the game is being played in Miami. But the Heat know that nothing is going to be handed to them in this series and that they will have to work hard to earn this win. As the series continues, the Pacers develop more and more confidence, which is a huge problem for Miami. The Heat will have to come out and establish the inside game quickly if it wants to win this game.

The Bottom Line

The Miami Heat knew that this playoff run was going to be challenging. The Indiana Pacers have already exceeded everyone’s expectations, but this young team is not done yet. There is a great deal of respect between these two teams, but the Indiana Pacers want what the Miami Heat already has.

My Pick: Indiana Pacers

 
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