The Miami Heat will look to end their contentious series with the Pacers tonight when the two squads hook up for a Game 6 showdown at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. This evening game, which will be broadcast live on ESPN, is scheduled for an 8:00pm ET tip off. The latest NBA Odds have the visiting Heat listed as a -2.5 against the spread favorite; the Over/Under is set at 182 points.
The Pacers and Heat’s back and forth series yielded another blowout on Tuesday night as Miami took a 3-2 series lead with a 115-83 stomping of Indiana. With the exception of a mediocre night at the free throw line (69 percent), the defending Eastern Conference champions were hitting on all cylinders. The Heat connected on 43 of their 70 field goal attempts (61.4 percent) and they knocked down 9-of-16 from beyond the for a cool 56.3 percent.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who were unstoppable in Miami’s Game 4 101-93 victory, again proved too much for the Pacers defense. James finished the game with 30 points (12-of-19 FG), 10 rebounds, and eight assists while Wade tallied 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Reserve forward Udonis Haslem (10) and small forward Shane Battier (13) were the only other Miami players to scored in double figures.
The Pacers, who were out-rebounded 49 to 35, turned in a horrendous offensive performance, shooting 33.7 percent as a team. Indiana’s leading scorer, Danny Granger, scored 10 points after leaving the game early with an ankle injury, but he still almost led the team in scoring. That distinction fell to shooting guard Paul George, however, who totaled 11 points on nine shot attempts.
Indiana, who won 23 of 33 home games during the regular season, now must find a way to quell the Heat’s momentum in order to force a Game 7. The Pacers are 2-1 in their last three versus Miami at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but they had few answers for James and Wade there on Sunday.
NBA Odds Betting Trend: The Pacers are 3-1 both straight up and against the spread over the last two seasons playing as a home dog coming off back to back losses.
2012 NBA Playoff Odds Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers Game 6: Provided by SBG Global
Miami Heat -2.5 (-110), Over 182 (-110), -150 (Moneyline)
Indiana Pacers +2.5 (-110), Under 182 (-110), +130 (Moneyline)