The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs Jun 3, 2013

Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat 8.30PM (ET) TNT

(Series Tied 3-3)

7397300After many highs and lows the readers and I have experienced in this series, tonight‘s game is for all the marbles. The key for the Heat tonight is getting production from someone other than Lebron. If they get this, the Pacers will have trouble keeping this close. For the Pacers, as its been the whole series, keep the defensive pressure up and play consistent and confidently. If they do this they will take the throne of the new top dog of the East. From a Vegas standpoint, I believe this game will be  closer than 7 and until the Heat can show me there big 3 is truly still a “big 3” all-star lineup, I can’t give the points.

Play:
Pacers +7
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Spurs vs. Pacers vs. Heat

Will Tim Duncan get his 5th ring?

Will Tim Duncan get his 5th ring?

Who would have thought that the San Antonio Spurs would sweep the series against the Grizzlies and that the Pacers would be tied 3-3 with the Miami Heat. While San Antonio rests, heals, and awaits to find out who they will be playing for their 4th NBA Championship in the last decade, the Heat and Pacers will meet again Monday night. Here’s a quick glance at the advantages each team has over the others and who the Spurs would rather play for the NBA Championship.

The Big Men:
After the Spurs seemingly manhandled one of the best duos down low in the NBA, you would be hard pressed to give any team the big man advantage over the Spurs. Roy Hibbert has been getting a lot of love for his performance against Miami. And is getting even more attention for throwing around gay slurs and calling the media motherf—–s in his post game conference. However, if you were going to ask me whether I’d have a duo of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph or Roy Hibbert and David West, I’ll take Gasol and Randolph any day of the week.  If San Antonio can deal with Z-bo and Gasol, they can handle Hibbert and West. Hibbert averaged 11.9 PPG and  8.3RPG during the season. Against Miami, he’s bumped that up to 22.8PPG and 10.8RPG. So how has Hibbert suddenly found himself and become an unstoppable threat down low? I’m going to say no.
Miami’s presence down low is abysmal. Chris Bosh has already been having a career low in rebounding, and against the Pacers is getting a whopping 3.7RPG. 3.7! That’s completely ridiculous for a 6’11 All-Star player. Look at Bosh’s RPG this season against teams with reputable centers or power forwards in the league. Against Brooklyn-3.3RPG, Indiana-3.3RPG, Utah-1.0RPG, Philadephia-3.3RPG. Chris Bosh doesn’t shut down opposing big men, he gets shut down and dominated. Possession control wins in the post season. Hibbert’s excellence right now is more a byproduct of Miami’s atrociousness at handling big men. Hell, if the Pacers leave Hibbert in game 1, James probably doesn’t get the game winning lay up at the buzzer and maybe there isn’t even a game 7. I don’t expect Hibbert to keep up this level of play against a team such as San Antonio. He’s a good center, but his regular season numbers speak volumes. As far as Miami goes, it’s not the big men that win games, its LeBron James.

Advantage: San Antonio Spurs
Whether it’s the Pacers or the Heat, San Antonio will have the advantage in the big man category. Obviously they would prefer to deal with Miami down low rather than the Pacers, but when you have the best power forward of all time playing alongside one of the leagues best coaches, you have the advantage. The Big Fundamental and a fundamentals coach made their statement against the Grizzlies. They can play down low against anyone in the league. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, its all about Timmy D, and he’s going to get his.

Small-Forward:
Kawhi Leonard is an ever-growing asset to the San Antonio franchise and seems to just be getting better and better. Paul George emerged this year as an All-Star and one of the best all around players in the league. But NOONE can argue that Miami does not have the advantage in the small forward position. LeBron James is the greatest basketball player on Earth. Both the Pacers and the Heat have the advantage against San Antonio in the Small Forward position, but the Spurs would rather face Paul George than LeBron James against them on the court.

Advantage: Miami Heat
You never want to play against LeBron James. Plain and Simple.

Shooting Guard:
It appears that the NBA gods decided to plague the shooting guards left in the playoffs. Dwayne Wade’s stats this post season are 13.6PPG, 4.6RPG, 5.1APG, Manu’s 11.5PPG, 4.5RPG, and 5.4APG, and Lance Stephenson 9.4PPG, 7.7RPG, and 3.2APG. Look at that again, Lance Stevenson is performing at nearly the same level of Manu Ginobili and Dwayne Wade. Throw that in with the injury worries of Ginobili and Wade, and Stevenson may be the one to fear. He has that NBA Live ‘He’s on Fire’ ability that gets the Indiana crowd going wild when playing t home. While he’s playing well right now, theres no way I’m going to put him above Wade and Ginobili. Both are perrenial All-Stars for a reason. Despite Wade’s abysmal performance these past few games and his knees that seem to aged 30 years, everyone remembers his Finals performance against Dallas that gave Miami their championship pre-LeBron. And Ginobili can go from having a horrible shooting performance, to nailing the game winning shot with no time left.

Advantage: No Team
If Dwayne Wade and Ginobili continue their sub par performances, they are nearly comparable to Lance Stephenson. I never thought he’d be in the conversation for advantage at shooting guard but he’s there. Not because he’s playing at an all star level, but because the other two have fallen. I’m not basing this on the potential or sheer talent of the players, but the way their performing this post season.

Point Guard:

Tony Parker is one of the most underrated point guards in the league. Without Tony Parker, there is no way that the Spurs are in the Finals. The Spurs offense begins and ends with him and he runs the pick-and-roll to near perfection. Parker’s averaging 23.0PPG, 3.9RPG, and 7.2APG, but his team role goes beyond the numbers. He facilitates the Spurs game plan and conducts the team perfectly. He’s carried his team to a championship and won Finals MVP and I won’t be surprised the least if he does it again.
Who would have thought that George Hill could potentially get to the NBA Finals the same year as a Pacer as he could have as a Spur. Popovich may be going against one of the players he mentored, and while he’s a good point guard and can run the offense, he’s no Tony Parker. He’s an efficient player and can do his job, but it won’t be at an All Star level.
We all remember Dwayne Wade yelling “Mario F—ing Chalmers” after his stellar performance against the Thunder last year. If it wasn’t for his potential to randomly go off for 20+ points, hit those game winning shots he’s been doing since he left Kansas, or for his ridiculous outfit in Miami’s Harlem Shake video, I wouldn’t even talk about him. Like Hill, Chalmers does his job and can randomly have scoring outbursts. Neither player though will take the game over and be the reason his team succeeds.

Advantage: San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker is one of the best point guards in the league while the others aren’t even in the conversation. As far as a game manager goes, it doesn’t get much better than Tony Parker.

Coaching:
Advantage: San Antonio Spurs
I’m not even going to give this one an elaborate explanation. I commend Frank Vogel and Erik Spoelstra for leading their teams to the Eastern Conference Finals but I’m not going to say they are better than Popovich. Popovich is that coach that never seems to panic and always gets the best out of his players. He commands respect from his players and his authority is never questioned. He is one of the main reasons that the Spurs have been one of the most dominant teams throughout the past decade. He’s one of the greatest coaches the NBA has seen and his coaching acumen cannot be questioned. The fact that every player seems to develop and improve under his coaching is testimony to his coaching skill.

Who would the Spurs rather face?
The Indiana Pacers

I don’t think that it’s the question that the Spurs would rather play the Indiana Pacers. Their make up is not much different than that of the Grizzlies. They operate an inside-out game plan with athletic wing players. Paul George may be able to give them some trouble but Kawahi Leonard is a fantastic on ball defender and could potentially contain him. If I hadn’t seen the Spurs perform so well against the Grizzlies and be able to grind out and win those close games, I may underestimate their ability to contain Indiana’s big men. A series sweep against one of the best teams in the West though speaks volumes. Throw that in with Popovich’s time to analyze the Pacer’s game tape the past week along with the Spurs’ players getting rest, and you have a team that can handle anyone in the Finals.
While many would argue that the Spurs may do better playing against the Heat in the Finals, they have the ultimate X-factor. I don’t think that any team wants to match up against the best player in the world. There is just too much that can go wrong. Also, the funk that Bosh and Wade are in can’t continue forever. If those two can turn it on and LeBron plays to his usual level, the Heat rattle off the wins. One of the most important factors though is that these two teams didn’t play against eachother in the season. The Spurs infamously sat Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili right before their away game against Miami, and Miami sat Wade and James away against the Spurs. Both games were close despite the missing All-Stars. While the Spurs would probably rather match up against the Pacers, a Spurs-Heat Finals is the one I’m hoping for.
I want to see the ultimate team ball against the star studded cast of the Miami Heat. A team that announced themselves with a rock concert versus the quiet reserved players of the Spurs. One of the most dominant teams for the past decade going against the team that plans to rattle off “not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven” championships. The series could signal the closing of a dynasty or the beginning of a new one, and something all basketball fans should want to see.

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The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs Jun 1, 2013

Miami Heat @Indiana Pacers 8.30PM (ET) TNT

(Miami lead Series 3-2)

980857_10151550982518463_548927911_oAfter 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)

Play:
Heat -2.5
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The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs May 30, 2013

Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat 8.30PM (ET) TNT

(Series Tied 2-2)

30james-articleLargeAfter such a back and forth series, game 5 is will determine which team wants it more. Headed back to Miami, the Heat look to regain control on there home floor after some questionable calls in game 4 which, in my opinion, decided the outcome. The last four games have come down to who dominates in the low post on both sides of the ball. For the Heat to take game 5, they need to step up the defensive pressure, get more scoring production from the big 3 and “Rebound, Rebound, Rebound”. For the Pacers to take one on the road, they need to continue to be aggressive on the boards as they were in game 3 and keep Lebron and co from gaining momentum in this game. Although I expect the Heat to win this one, I’ve realized in this series the high spread favors dog.

Play:
Pacers +7.5

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The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs May 28, 2013

Miami Heat @Indiana Pacers 8.30PM (ET) TNT

(Miami lead Series 2-1)

27east-1-articleLargeAfter scoring a franchise record 70 points in the first half, the Heat look to take over this series on the road. If Miami can continue to get production from role players as I stated in the last article on this series, there is no stopping them. The role players outshot the Pacers 28-16, which was the X factor in game 3. Not only was the bench dominate, but “Birdman” or Chris Anderson is a remarkable 15-15 shooting this series.The Pacers, on the other hand, look to protect home court where they have been solid winning 86% of the time this playoff stretch. If Indiana can slow down Miami’s new found post game then they have a solid chance to even the series tonight. Hibbert and West will need there guards to spread the floor for there play to prosper tonight. Ultimately whichever team can control the pace and turnover battle will take this one. However since the spread is low which makes me think Vegas wants Pacer action, Heat is the play.

Play:
Miami -3
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The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs May 26, 2013

Miami Heat @Indiana Pacers 8.30PM (ET) TNT

(Series Tied 1-1)

George-Hill-and-Lance-Stephenson-have-to-step-up-in-Game-2.-Nathaniel-S.-Butler-NBA-Getty-ImagesAfter two intense games in Miami, the defending champs take to the road to Indiana, where the Pacers have been undefeated this postseason. If the heat want to take control back, their role players must get out of there shooting funks (Chalmers, Allen, and Battier). If they do get this production, the Heat will not only win, but cover.

Indiana on the other had, has manhandled the Heat on defense and has answered call when needed. If they can pull away in game 3, this series should be a dog fight from here on out. Ultimately, today’s game will come down to, as it has every game this series, turnovers. I feel after a close call at home in game 1 and a bad last minute in game 2, the Heat should be amped up for tonight’s game and steal one back on the road.

Play:
Heat -2

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The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs May 24, 2013

Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat 8.30PM (ET) TNT

(Heat Lead Series 1-0)

9d65c1d1d6004297a2048250088dc129-08da78f6fe074580985fab989d3e1053-3After a tight OT thriller in game 1, I see game 2 to have the real offensive flow to it. Although both teams defenses were solid in game 1, Spolestra always seems to know how to make great game 2 adjustments as he did last series against the bulls.  The pacers key to winning tonight is controlling the boards and not letting the game get out of hand to early with the home crowd. At the end of the day, the heat offense is to much for the pacers in this one and a potential lights out performance from a d wade.

Play:
Heat -7.5

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Round 3-NBA Playoffs-Eastern Conference Finals

Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

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  • Game 1-May 22 Indiana @ Miami 8:30 p.m. (EST) TNT
  • Game 2-May 24 Indiana @ Miami 8:30 p.m. (EST) TNT
  • Game 3-May 26 Miami @ Indiana 8:30 p.m. (EST) TNT
  • Game 4-May 28 Miami @ Indiana 8:30 p.m. (EST) TNT
  • Game 5-May 30 Indiana @ Miami 8:30 p.m. (EST) TNT
  • Game 6-Jun 1 Miami @ Indiana 8:30 p.m. (EST) TNT
  • Game 7-June 3 Indiana @ Miami 8:30 p.m. (EST) TNT

 

2013 Regular Season Match-up

  • January 8 Miami @ Indiana87-77
  • January 11 Miami @ Indiana102-89
  • March 10 Indiana @ Miami 105-91

Miami Heat Locker Room

In the Eastern Conference finals for a second consecutive year, the Miami Heat are poised for a repeat for the Larry O’Brien trophy. After sweeping the Bucks  and beating the Bulls in five games, they now face their greatest challenge standing between them and a trip to the finals.  Chicago put some scare into the Heat in a couple games while playing without its all star Derrick Rose and Loul Deng. Chicago at times exploited the Heat’s weaknesses and figured out the blueprint to beating the Heat. Keys to beating the Heat are rebounding and points in the paint, at least that’s what Chicago  left us with in game one.The Pacers rank first in the league in rebounding. Yes, defense wins championships, and coaches often say “we have to take away their 3-point shooting”  or ” we have to limit turnovers” to beat the Pacers, the Heat will have to limit their turnovers and open up the 3-point shooting game for Ray Allen and company.

Indiana Pacers’ Locker Room 

The Pacers have George Hill back and hopefully he will stay healthy. Home court advantage has been important for the Pacers as they are 6-0 in the playoffs when playing at home, and are doing so with an average margin of victory of more than 10 points per game. Rebounding and points in the paint have been Indiana’s bread and butter all season long. Solid guard play from Hill, Lance Stephenson and D.J. Augustin has been tremendous in the playoffs combined with the front court trio of Paul George, Roy Hibbert and David West. They have played every style of basketball this playoffs — high flying or low-scoring ground and pound — and that is one of the ingredients to play against the Heat, being able to play with different flows of the game. No question that the Pacers will put up a fight and take the Heat over the edge and frustrate them, if they want to win.

Final Predictions

I have the Grizzlies winning and the West and I really like the Pacers to win the East, but that’s not going to happen. The Heat simply just have too much talent, experience and star power. It’s going to be an exciting series, but King James will lead the Heat to their second consecutive  finals appearance.

Miami Heat wins in 7

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The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs May 22, 2013

Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat 8.30PM (ET) TNT

nba_g_james_b1_576The day after Lebron’s hometown team the Cleveland Cavaliers, won the NBA draft lottery, Lebron’s current team, the Heat, look to take on the Pacers in a repeat showdown of last years eastern conference semifinals. Both of these teams look different from last years series. The Pacers seem to have a more mature team this go around led by Hibbert on defense and Hill, George, and West on the offense. The have put together some outstanding performances this season but the Heat are a team where they can make your best defensive performances look silly. If the pacers want to have a chance in this one, it’s to slow down the league MVP on both ends of the court. Tonight battle will be who can control the boards and win the turnover battle. Since the Heat are home and the home team is 4-1 ATS this season, heat is the play tonight.

Play:
Miami -8
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