Indiana Pacers versus Miami Heat Game 2 NBA Pro Basketball Playoff Betting Preview

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The Indiana Pacers will have very little time to sulk over a hard fought and tough luck loss in Game 1 as they take the court in Game 2 of their Eastern conference finals series against the Miami Heat on Friday May 24th. The Pacers and Heat will begin from Miami in this playoff game at 8:30PM Eastern Time and you can watch all of the action over TNT TV.

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Miami squeaks by the Indiana Pacers in their game one on Wednesday night by the score of 103-102 in overtime but the Heat fails to cover the point spread as a -8 ½ point betting favorite and the game went over the total of 181 ½ points. Indiana got some good offensive performance out of their roster in game one that should have been good enough to earn them the victory. David West had 26 points and Paul George chipped in with 27 points. What really has to be bothering the Pacers in their defeat on Wednesday was the fact Roy Hibbert was not on the court to defend the Heat’s final possession and the fact that Indiana turned the ball over 20 times. When a team has 20 turnovers against Miami one would expect a double digit blowout game. But Miami was just as sloppy as the team had one more turnover for 21 in the game. It came down to a one possession game in the overtime period with the Pacers nursing a one point lead and 2.2 seconds left on the clock. Indiana head coach Frank Vogel decides to go with the small lineup and keep his big man Roy Hibbert on the bench. Vogel is getting a lot of criticism but realistically 2.2 seconds should not be enough time to drive the lane and lay up the basketball against one of the best defensive teams in basketball. Indiana should have defended James better off the ball and pressure the dribble to force a jump shot in that situation. Miami got a huge performance off the bench as “The Birdman” Chris Anderson contributed with 16 points in 18 minutes of play.

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