Eastern Conference Finals – Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers, Game 5

The Indiana Pacers are on the limb and need a win this Wednesday when they host the Miami Heat at the 8:30 PM ET at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in game four of the NBA playoffs Eastern Conference Finals.

heat_pacersThe Indiana Pacers are on the limb and need a win this Wednesday when they host the Miami Heat at the 8:30 PM ET at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in game four of the NBA playoffs Eastern Conference Finals.

Miami has won three in a row and lead the series 3-1; they will look to win the series right away and start resting for the NBA finals.

“We know we can close it out, but it’s going to be a very hostile environment,” said Heat forward Chris Bosh. “We’re expecting that. We’re expecting them at their best. It’s always extremely hard to close out a team.”

One of Indiana’s problems has been intimidation; the team seemed intimidated against Heat and the one player having the edge, Lance Stephenson, opened his mouth against Lebron James and ended up paying the price.

“I think anytime you lose three in a row in the playoffs, it shakes your confidence some,” coach Frank Vogel, the Pacers’ coach, said in a downtown Miami hotel lobby before his team headed to the airport Tuesday. “But we can’t worry about that. All we’ve got to worry about is coming back and winning Game 5 and giving us an opportunity to come down here and win one game.

“We’ve won one game in each playoff series that we’ve played here the last two years. We should have confidence that we can do that.”

The NBA odds have the Miami Head as one point favorites for game five.

Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.