NBA Picks: Heat vs. Pacers Series Price Odds

Friday, May 16, 2014 5:41 PM UTC

Friday, May. 16, 2014 5:41 PM UTC

The quarterfinals of the NBA Playoffs are complete and now we have the final four set. The NBA Odds for the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals has a big favorite in mind, but is there value on the Heat, or even the on the Pacers?
<p style="text-align:center"><span><iframe frameborder="0" src="/video/embed/?videoId=20217" height="330" width="560"></iframe></span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><b style="font-size:1em">Heat (-370) vs. Pacers (+290)<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">These NBA Odds are courtesy of Bet365, and with the <a href="" title="Talk to other bettors about the Heat vs. Pacers series odds" target="_blank">Heat as huge favorites</a>, can we expect a short series or another seven-game series like last year’s Eastern Conference Finals? I’m pretty sure the results are going to be the former. With the way the Heat have been mowing down their opponents, and with the way the Pacers have been struggling, even with the chalk, the Heat look like the play.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>These two split their season series <a href="/nba-basketball/matchups/20140518-502/" title="Click here for Heat vs. Pacers Matchup stats and betting trends" target="_blank">against one another 2-2</a>, but as we’ve seen already in just the last round, the regular season successes of a Miami opponent mean very literally nothing. The same should be said for the Pacers, and even though they bested Miami twice in the regular season, their chances of winning two or more games in this series look slim.</p> <p>The Pacers showed some serious weakness in the first and second round, and if their defense had trouble against the Hawks and Wizards, what makes you think they will start to come alive against the two-time defending champs? It’s simply not realistic, and with how bad the <a href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-wizards-vs-pacers-series-price-odds/39294/" title="Look back at our series pick Wizards vs. Pacers" target="_blank">Pacers’ defense played against Washington</a> last round, the Heat should have no problem scoring the ball, even on the road.</p> <p>The Pacers have too many issues with Miami, and with <a href="" title="Is Roy Hibbert killing the Pacers game?" target="_blank">Roy Hibbert not playing well</a>, the Heat should easily take him out of the game by going small, or forcing him to defend Chris Bosh out at the three-point line. Without Hibbert being close to the basket, or even in the game at all, the Heat should have no problem exploiting the Pacers. Without Hibbert, the Pacers don’t have a defensive anchor, and it’s a huge problem against the team with two of the best wing players in the league. Not only that, but Paul George will have to carry the team offensively, and he will have to defend <a href="" title="LeBron takes Sterling's comments personally" target="_blank">Lebron James</a> for most of the series. This is going to spell trouble for the Pacers on offense.</p> <p>[gameodds]5/291352/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /><b style="font-size:1em">The Sharp Pick<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">It would not surprise me to see this become a short series. Maybe not a sweep, but I could easily see the Heat win in five games. I’m sure they will take at least one if not both of the games in Indianapolis, and considering the Pacers </span><a href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-heat-vs-pacers-game-1/39622/" title="Take a look at the NBA pick for Game 1 Heat vs. Pacers" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em">haven’t even won a Game 1</a><span style="font-size:1em"> yet despite both being at home, I don’t think I’m going out on much of a limb with that statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><a href="/nba-basketball/team-report/indiana-11/" title="Click here for Indiana Pacers team and betting stats" target="_blank">Indiana’s offense</a> is simply not good enough to keep up with the Heat, especially if the Heat are engaged defensively in this series. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will almost surely be the best two players for your <a href="/picks/nba/" title="Click here to view the latest NBA news." target="_blank">NBA picks in this series</a>, and unless the Pacers suddenly get their power back from the Mon-Stars before this series, it’s going to be a quick and ugly series, and the paper tiger that is Indy will fall miserably.</span></p> <p><b>My Pick: </b>Heat (-370) @ Bet365</p>
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