The Miami Heat escaped Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals and now look to take a 2-0 series lead to Indiana. Check NBA odds at Bovada sportsbook.
The Pacers (0-1) suffered a heart-breaking loss in Game 1 of this series. They were somehow able to send the game into overtime because of Ray Allen’s missed free throw, followed by Paul George’s massive three-pointer with less than a second remaining. George then was fouled on a three with 2.2 seconds left in overtime with the Pacers down two points. Of course, George hits three high-pressure free throws to take the lead before, well, we all know what happens next. Paul George finished with 27 points and added five assists and four rebounds. David West scored 26 and had a great game, 11-17 from the field. All five starters played more than 41 minutes in Game 1.
The Heat (1-0) did not play their game whatsoever, let the Pacers dictate almost everything, but were still able to somehow take a victory away from Game 1. LeBron James hit the game winner at the buzzer of a pedestrian left handed lay-up just after George sunk those free throws. LeBron finished with a triple-double, 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, his ninth triple-double of his playoff career. Chris “Birdman” Anderson was the key in this one, scoring 16 points on 7-7 shooting from the field, five rebounds and three huge blocks.
Miami is just 6-4 against the spread in this postseason and the Pacers are now 9-4 ATS.
I am taking the same stance as I took before Game 1. The Heat will not lose at home, and I am even more confident now. The Pacers awoke a sleeping giant and did everything right in the first game and still couldn’t win. Game 2 will be different, same result at best online sportsbooks.