The Miami Heat entertain the Indiana Pacers tonight, Tuesday May 15th, in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference second-round series. The Heat lead 1-0 and they’ll be without Chris Bosh tonight. Miami won three of the four from Indiana in the regular season. NBA oddsmakers have the Heat as -7 point home favorites over the Pacers with the over/under set at 186 points. Be sure to check the Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat Game 2 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
Indiana’s (4-2, 2-1 V) David West and Roy Hibbert both recorded a double-double for the Pacers. West had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Hibbert had 17 and 11. Danny Granger, typically Indiana’s top offensive threat, was held scoreless in the first half for the first time since April 10, 2007 and finished with just seven points on 1-of-10 shooting.
“We’re not going to change,” said West. “We didn’t play a good enough game tonight as a group to compete with these guys. We can play a lot better than we did.”
Without Bosh in the lineup this season, the Heat has gone 4-5. With him, the Heat winning percentage was .746; without him, .444. With him, the Heat averaged 99.9 points per game; without him, 87.1. With him, opponents averaged 83.3 points per game; without him, 87.2.The Pacers thoughts on playing the Heat without Chris Bosh. “It changes their team, but we’ve got to understand it doesn’t allow you to play 5-on-4,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “They have got great players they can fill in for him. Obviously, not having to worry about Bosh helps because he’s such a terrific player.”
Miami (5-1, 4-0 H) got a 95-86 home victory on Sunday. NBA MVP LeBron James, who had 32 points, 15 rebounds and five assists as the Heat grinded out the Game 1 victory. Dwyane Wade added 29 points for the second-seeded Heat. They have won 13 straight playoff home games versus Eastern Conference opponents.
Chris Bosh, who scored 13 points before his injury, is out indefinitely after an MRI on Monday confirmed a strained lower abdominal muscle. As for Game 2, Coach Spoelstra wouldn’t say who will start in Bosh’s place or how long he expects his big man to sit. “We’re not even going to speculate,” the Miami mentor said. “We just have to see day to day. There absolutely isn’t a timetable right now. He was in today doing treatment.” Bosh, however, essentially ruled himself out of the semifinals. “This season has to be extended for me to play again,” he said. “So that’s what’s on my mind. ”
The Bottom Line: The Pacers can pull off the upset if the get out to a fast start, which they’re capable of. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NBA Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NBA Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Miami.
Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.
Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.
Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.
Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5.
Pacers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games.
Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat
When: Tuesday, May 15th@7:00 PM EST
Pick: Heat -7
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