Pacers at Heat: What bettors need to know

May 21, 2012 |
Pacers at Heat: What bettors need to know
LBJ went off for 40 points and 18 boards in Miami's Game 4 win.
LBJ went off for 40 points and 18 boards in Miami's Game 4 win.
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat (-6.5, 180)

THE STORY: Just when everybody was jumping off the bandwagon, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade went out and showed why they are considered two of the very best players in the NBA. The two combined for 70 points in Game 4 and dominated the second half to lead the Miami Heat to a 101-93 victory, evening the series at 2-2. The Indiana Pacers had controlled the inside in Games 2 and 3 but struggled in Game 4.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT

Indiana made it a point to establish Roy Hibbert and kept going back to him in Game 3, leading to 19 points and 18 rebounds from the big man in a strong effort. The Pacers got him the ball a few times in the first quarter for easy buckets in Game 4 but stopped going to that well as Miami pulled them out of their halfcourt game and spread the floor with a small lineup. Indiana is going to need more from David West, who was held to a series-low eight points on Sunday, and Hibbert down low, as they were outscored in the paint 50-32 in Game 4. Part of that has to do with the defense, which had done a fine job of keeping James and Wade out of the paint until the second half Sunday, when both had little trouble getting to the rim.

ABOUT THE HEAT: James went for 40 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday, scoring or assisting on 61.4 percent of Miami’s points. Wade was nearly as strong, shaking off a terrible performance in Game 3 with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Perhaps more importantly, the two found a reliable third scorer in Udonis Haslem, who chipped in 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. With Chris Bosh still out, any points from Haslem, Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller or Shane Battier are a big bonus. Miami was also better from the outside in Game 4, connecting on 5 of 12 3-pointers after going a combined 5 for 42 in the first three games.


Heat is 5-1 ATS in its last six home games.
*Under is 5-0 in Pacers' last five games playing on one day's rest.
*Underdog is 26-11-1 ATS in the last 38 meetings.
*Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as road dogs.


1. Pacers swingman Danny Granger was hit with his second technical foul in as many games Sunday.

2. Wade went 2 of 6 from the free throw line Sunday, his fourth game this postseason hitting less than 70 percent from the stripe.

3. Indiana got 34 points off the bench in Game 4.

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