The Indiana Pacers find themselves on life support as they get ready to host the Miami Heat tonight, Thursday May 24th, for Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Heat have a 3-2 advantage, but are without two more big men tonight. NBA oddsmakers have the Heat as -3.5 point road favorites over the Pacers with the over/under set at 182 points. Be sure to check the Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers Game 6 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
Miami (7-3, 2-2 V) put together a second straight dominating performance on Tuesday in South Florida during a 115-83 rout to take a 3-2 series lead over the Pacers. The duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade went to work again by combining for 58 points in the thumping that resulted in the Heat making a franchise playoff record 61 percent of their shots. James scored 30 points to go with 10 rebounds and eight assists while Wade added 28 points in the rout. Shane Battier was an unlikely spark with 13 points.
The Heat are down two more big men tonight after both Udonis Haslem and Dexter Pittman were suspended by the NBA for their actions on Tuesday. Haslem received a one-game suspension. Pittman will miss Miami’s next three games. Both had been assessed flagrant 1 fouls Tuesday. “Yes, there’s been some physical contact, there’s been some hard fouls both ways,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “If you look at it objectively, Wade and LeBron (James) have taken more hits to the head in this series than any other series or any other games.”
Indiana’s (6-4, 3-2 H) top scorer was Paul George with 11 points after making 3-of-9, while David West was limited to 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Danny Granger, their leading scorer in the regular season, scored 10 points before leaving with an ankle injury early in the third quarter. Granger was unable to practice Wednesday but expects to try to play and said he’s on a regimen of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication. “Very much hoping he’ll be available,” Vogel said. “He’s a gamer. I’m thinking he’ll play. But his ankle’s pretty bad, so we’ll see.”
Pacers’ basketball chief Larry Bird, the NBA Executive of the Year who criticized his team for being “soft” in Game 5. “I can’t believe my team went soft,” Bird told the Indianapolis Star. “S-O-F- T. I’m disappointed. I never thought it would happen.” He’s calling for more competitive toughness, a renewed will and belief and effort.
“It was disheartening,” Granger said. “The whole night was. Everything we said we needed to do to win, we did none of it. We abandoned the game plan.”
This Pacers team has been tough-minded and resilient all season. It has had some bad performances, but the bad basketball hasn’t lingered. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said the other day, “They haven’t seen our best game.” Tonight, with the season on the line, the Heat will get the Pacers’ best game, even if it means Granger plays on one leg.
The Bottom Line: The Pacers season ends tonight, unless they push hard and drive to the hoop. 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:
Heat are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Indiana.
Heat are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Under is 5-1 in Pacers last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Under is 7-1 in Heat last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Under is 7-1 in Heat last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Under is 5-1 in Heat last 6 road games.
Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers
When: Thursday, May 24th@8:00 PM EST
Pick: Heat -3.5
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