For the second straight night, a Game 5 highlights the schedule. This time, the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat will square off in a pivotal matchup.
The Heat have been the most scrutinized team all season long. After Chris Bosh went down, all the pressure was put on Lebron James and Dwyane Wade to carry the team to victory. They bounced back from a slow start in Game 4 to win a big game on the road.
For the Pacers, they still have a solid shot at pulling off the upset. Bosh is still not healthy, and they know they can win in Miami. The team is not scared of the NBA’s most polarizing team, which is half the battle anyway.
In Game 5, as much as I like the way the Pacers play, I just think the Heat take care of things at home. James and Wade are going to have to have big games, but if anyone two players are up to that challenge, they are it.
Miami comes into the game as 6.5-point favorites. When considering the spread, this is a true toss up. I only go with the Heat because I think if they jump out to an early lead, they will how the Pacers that they have two NBA players who can’t be stopped.
Pick: Miami Heat (-6.5), over (180)