NBA Picks: Pacers vs. Heat ECF Game 7

Joe Catalano

Sunday, June 2, 2013 2:33 PM GMT

Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers have a chance to knock off the champs as their series with the Heat is tied at 3-3 and this series goes back to South Beach.

The winner has the unenviable task of facing Tony Parker and Tim Duncan in the 2013 NBA Finals.

Game 7 will be played on Monday at 8:30 pm ET at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. You can watch this game on TNT. If you don’t have access to the TNT channel, I highly advise you to go to a local establishment to watch the action. This should be a game for the ages, but how can us bettors make the most out of this matchup.

Let's breakdown this matchup and decide where the best value lies for our NBA picks tonight.

No Respect!

Home court means so much that Miami is a 7 point betting odds favorite according to Bet 365 Sportsbook with the total listed at 181.

This is a laugh because the Pacers with Roy Hibbert and Paul George have been the better team in this series.

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Hibbert might have let the publicity go to his head with some inappropriate comments after game 6, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s dominated the Miami Heat and is a flat-out beast at a legitimate 7 foot2 or 7 foot 3 and nearly 300 pounds.

Can Miami seal the deal or will the Pacers and their young talent take away the Heat’s dream of continuing a legacy?

Overrated!

One person that isn’t overrated and is Lebron James. I’ve told you many times that he’s the greatest basketball player on the planet and that hasn’t changed. The problem is that his team is letting him down and there’s no margin for error.

Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh wanted to be considered the “Big 3” with James and now it’s time for them to put up or shut up or their legacy will be damaged grately.

Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers who respectfully should be considered role players are playing prime-time minutes because “CB” and “D. Wade haven’t been shouldering their share of the load.

Wade is coming off of another dismal performance. He had 10 points on 3 of 11 shooting in 34 minutes while Bosh had 5 points on 1 of 8 shooting in 31 minutes. Coach Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley need to give these two guys a tongue lashing because they’re disgracing their uniform and their name.

Time to Retire

Ray Allen should have rode off into the sunset after Boston because he’s looking like a slow old man out on the court against possibly the best defense in the league in Indiana. It seems like everytime Allen gets the basketball, Paul George or George Hill is swiping it out of his hands.

Allen is also known for being one of the greatest free throw shooters of all-time. On Saturday night, he missed a free throw and his free throw shooting hasn’t been automatic anymore. He’s just not the same player. The 2 for 8 shooting from the field in game 6 could’ve told you that.

Can the Pacers Overcome Being On the Road?

This is the $64,000 question that decides the series.

The Pacers are the better basketball team. Did anyone see that offensive foul by Lebron James late in the game when Roy Hibbert got in his way and prevented him from driving to the hoop? James ran down the entire court out of frustration and drew a technical foul; who could blame him? His team is awful, overpaid, and didn’t belong on the same court as Indiana.

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Never Underestimate LBJ!

After what James did to the Celtics in the playoffs last season, I think that he’s capable of anything. Miami is very lucky that game 7 will be on their home court or they would be done for the season.

Look for Miami to pull out a game 7 win with the backing of the fans. Home court advantage is so important in the NBA and the Heat will use it to their advantage here. I look for Wade and Bosh to give a respectable enough performance to pull this game out. That said, 7 points is too much to give to the Pacers. Take the points with Indy.

Pick- Indiana +7 at Bet 365

Enjoy the game!