The Miami Heat faces the Indiana Pacers in game three of their eastern conference semifinals tonight in Indiana. The series is tied one game apiece after the Heat took the first game and Indiana won game two 78-75 on Miami’s home court to take home court advantage in the series. The Heat missed big man Chris Bosh in the game. Bosh is sidelined with an abdominal strain and his absence hurt the Heat’s offensive. Superstar LeBron James had to play power forward at times during the game and the physical play inside against players taller and stronger, took its toll on James during the course of the game.
Indiana used a strong third quarter outscoring the Heat 28-14 to erase a deficit of five points at halftime. Four of five Pacers’ starters scored in double figures on the night. David West led the team with 16 points and he hauled down 10 boards.
The outside shooting of Miami must improve if they want to win the series. In the first two games of the series, the Heat is 1 for 22 from three-point territory. The Pacers used the loss of Bosh to their advantage by outrebounding the Heat 50-40 in the second game. Roy Hibbert, Paul George and West all had 10 or more rebounds on the night. The UNDER cashed out easily on the night with the total at 186 and the two teams only combined for 153. The Heat on the season are now 8-1-1 to the UNDER, when Bosh is not in the lineup.
The Heat for the postseason to the UNDER is 5-2. In five of their playoff games, the Heat has allowed 89 or fewer points. In Indiana, the Heat and Pacers split their two regular season games. Both games ended with the same score 105-90.
The current line has the Heat as a 1-point favorite with the total sitting at 181 ½. The Heat will come back from their game two loss, to reclaim home court advantage with a win tonight. The total will cash out to the UNDER.