The Indiana Pacers meet the Miami Heat in game two of their best of seven series in the eastern conference tonight in Miami. The Heat won game one behind newly crowned MVP LeBron James. However, in the win, the Heat lost center Chris Bosh to a lower abdominal strain. Team doctors said Bosh was out indefinitely. Some believe he may not play the entire series.
Bosh was injured in the first half of the game and the Heat were able to really behind James and teammate Dwayne Wade to win 95-86. Without Bosh, the Heat will have one less offensive threat on the court and much less defense. Miami will most likely start Joel Anthony or Ronny Turiaf in place of Bosh.
Indiana also will have to adjust their game, as they, like most teams prepare for the Heat expecting to face Bosh, James and Wade. Even though the Heat will be without Bosh the Indiana coaching staff knows there are plenty of other players to fill in and that James and Wade will now become even more involved in the game.
In the second half of the first game without Bosh in the lineup, James had 17 shots and Wade 13. The team will look to use picks to get both Wade and James loose for jumpers or drives to the hoop.
The Pacers will hope that star Danny Granger gets off more than 10 shots in game two. He failed to score in the first half of the game in game one and the Pacers need his offense, as he led the team in scoring during the season. Granger will need help defensively from Paul George and Roy Hibbert.
The loss of Bosh has changed the entire outlook of the series for both teams and has given the Pacers even a better chance of winning. The current line has the Heat as 7-point favorites at home after opening at 8 points. The total is sitting at 185 ½. Smart money bettors are taking the Pacers plus the points in this game. The total should end UNDER as the series will start to get more defensive oriented.