NBA Eastern Conference Finals Picks – Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat Game 3

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There’s plenty of drama that’s going to build up over another few days, whilst the Eastern Conference Finals take a long break before returning to the court on Saturday night in Miami. The Heat have taken home-court advantage from the Pacers, but Indiana probably isn’t going to back down from the two-time defending champions.

 

NBA Eastern Conference Finals Picks

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were instrumental in the final five minutes, willing Miami to an 87-83 Game 2 victory over Indiana.

Eastern Conference Finals, Game 3:
Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat – Saturday, May 23

The Miami Heat lost Game hands down the Eastern Conference Finals… in 2012. They lost Game hands down the 2012 and 2013 NBA Finals. They won each of those series. Once the Heat lost Game 1 of this series to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday afternoon, they certainly were once again put in a position where they had to develop a road win in Game 2 to shift a string in their favor. Late in the next quarter of Game 2, however, the Heat trailed 63-56. Indiana guard Lance Stephenson was cutting them up. The Heat were not getting much production out of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. LeBron was sitting back and looking forward to something to take place instead of earning things happen. Bosh didn’t find the range on his jump shots. Everything was heading south for the Heat against a Pacer team that wasn’t shooting the ball well, either. Paul George was 1-of-12 after two-plus quarters. He started going to some shots as the next quarter moved along, but he still struggled. The Heat needed a spark.

LeBron gave it to them, as he awakened from the funk. He found Bosh for a corner three that Bosh managed to convert, pushing the Indiana lead down seriously to four. LeBron then trusted another struggling teammate, Norris Cole, with a corner three, and that shot went down as well. Quickly, Miami reduced the Pacers’advantage to at least one point. Down by one at the end of the next quarter, the Heat felt they could remove this game, and with LeBron diving to the rim along with hitting some big jumpers midway through the fourth quarter, Miami took a 78-75 lead with a little over 3:40 left. With Dwyane Wade then scoring another eight points for the Heat, Miami grabbed an 86-78 lead in the last half minute and could secure an 87-83 victory to tie the series, 1-1.

The focus now shifts to Miami, which has home-court advantage but knows that Indiana has lost only one road game in the playoffs. In fact, Indiana was perfect on the highway in the next round against Washington, going 3-0 in the nation’s capital city. The Pacers were 1-2 in the home in that series, so Indiana may have Miami right where it wants the defending champions.

Who’s going to win this game? The long layoff can provide an alternative kind of game. Neither team probably will have a rhythm, but both teams should play with plenty of energy. Indiana is the team that could be more upset with itself after taking a look at game film. The Pacers are likely to find out ways to change the series in what seems like a lengthy struggle.

Eastern Conference Finals Picks : Indiana +7

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