Miami Heat @Indiana Pacers 8.30PM (ET) TNT
(Miami lead Series 3-2)
After a back and forth first half in game 5, the Heat made one of the best half time adjustments defensively I’ve seen this postseason. With that, the Heat held the Pacers to 35 points and taking the 3-2 series lead. Now that the series has shifted back to Indiana, the Heat have to find a way to close out the Pacers at home, where they have struggled most of this series. However, this isn’t any ordinary game for the Heat. This is a ticket to the NBA finals on the line. In close out games (both home and away) the Heat are a perfect 6-0 when leading the series. If the Pacers want to take this series to a game 7, they need to limit turnovers and figure out Lebron’s “Robin” early in this game otherwise we could see this get out of hand early. For the Heat, if they can continue to irritate Hibbert with the double team as well as limit Indiana to one shot per possession, they will force the rest of the Pacer team to play a perfect game to beat them. Chris Anderson has been ruled out due to a suspension and the Pacers need to take advantage pounding the ball into the low post playing from inside out. Ultimately this game is going to come down to which team hungrier. With stat above and a low spread, I like the Heat on the road to win the Eastern Conference once again.
(Chris “The Birdman” Anderson Is OUT due to a suspension)
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