The Indiana Pacers find themselves in a best-of-three series against the Miami Heat, as the Heat host the Pacers tonight, Tuesday May 22nd, for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The series is tied at two apiece, while Miami won three of the four from Indiana in the regular season. NBA oddsmakers have the Heat as -6.5 point home favorites over the Pacers with the over/under set at 181 points. Be sure to check the Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat Game 5 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
Indiana’s (6-3, 3-1 V) Danny Granger led the Pacers with 20 points, Darren Collison had 16 off the bench, Paul George scored 13 and Roy Hibbert chipped in 10 with nine rebounds. Hibbert and David West, who scored eight, both played in foul trouble.
Home-court advantage is now back with the Heat but Coach Frank Vogel remains confident that Miami still hasn’t seen Indiana’s best effort. “We’re ready to go,” Vogel said. “We still have a great deal of belief. They haven’t beaten our best.”
The most obvious way for the Pacers to win tonight is by stopping Miami’s superb duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Shutting down those two is unlikely, especially James, so the Pacers have to make them use a lot of energy to score while also addressing a number of other issues. “We’ve got to be more precise,” Pacers forward David West said. “We allowed too much freedom. I don’t think they felt us enough when it came to their comfort level.”
West and Hibbert are the Pacers’ only low-post threats on offense and they’re the team’s best defenders and rebounders. The two combined for 18 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks Sunday. Those numbers have to double if the Pacers expect to have a chance.
Miami’s (6-3, 3-1 H) LeBron James and Dwyane Wade went out and showed why they are considered two of the very best players in the NBA. The two combined for 70 points in Game 4 and dominated the second half to lead the Miami Heat to a 101-93 victory, evening the series at 2-2. Udonis Haslem picked up some of the slack down the stretch, scoring eight of his 14 points in the final quarter. James was spectacular, piecing together one of the great postseason performances of all-time with 40 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. Meanwhile, after a bad first half, Wade was just a step behind, adding 30 points, nine boards and six helpers in the Heat’s best performance since All- Star big man Chris Bosh went down with a strained abdominal muscle in Game 1.
Tonight’s game will hinge on whether LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can approach their extraordinary efforts of Game 4. But the outcome also will rest, in part, on the work of the Heat’s patchwork crew of power rotation players — a group that left an imprint on Sunday’s critical win. Udonis Haslem, who struggled with his midrange jumper all season, hit four in the final 5:57, aided by a change in strategy suggested by James and Wade. After Bosh was injured, “LeBron and D-Wade suggested I get back to what I do — pick and pop,” Haslem said. That means popping out into open space after he sets a screen — something he did successfully for many years here — instead of rolling to the basket, as he has often done this season.
The Bottom Line: Beating the Heat at home will be tough, but they can cover the spread. 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 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Miami.
Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Pacers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.
Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Heat are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat
When: Tuesday, May 22nd@8:00 PM EST
Pick: Heat -6.5
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