|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, the second and third seeds in the Eastern Conference, will be competing with each other in the second round of the NBA playoffs. The two teams will start their series on Sunday in Miami and then continue again in Miami on Tuesday.
Miami had a 3-1 series victory over Indiana during the regular season. Indiana won the last game 105-90 on March 26. Miami's margin of victory in each game has declined ranging from a 118-83 win in early January to a 93-91 overtime win in early March.
Much of the talk about the Miami Heat has been over whether or not the "Big Three" will perform as well as expected. The trio of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh has averaged nearly two-thirds of the points that the Heat have. This includes 27.8 per game for James
The Indiana Pacers have won four straight games after beating Orlando 4-1 in the first round. The number of points that they have scored in each game has gone up from 93 in the second game all the way to 105 in their last one. The Pacers argue that they are not necessarily the underdogs like so many people say they are. Roy Hibbert particularly insinuated that the Pacers didn't get this far by buying their way in with top players like the Heat.
Hibbert has had some strong play to help back up his talk. He has consistently led the Pacers in rebounding throughout the season. He has 10.8 rebounds per game this postseason as well.
Miami is the top favorite to win the East and the NBA title. The Heat have ¼ odds for winning the conference and 6/5 odds for the NBA title. Indiana is lower with 14/1 odds for the conference and 30/1 odds for the league.