The Miami Heat have played 2 very easy and quick series so far this playoff.
The only thing that may prevent the Heat from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals easily is Wade’s health. Wade has played 7 games and only averaged 12.2 points a game, which isn’t much compared to his season’s average: 21.2.
LeBron James won’t have his way with the Pacers’ guards. Paul George has the quickness and the height (6’9”) to make it tough on James to get any shot he wants. Lance Stephenson (6’5”) will also get some time guarding James if Wade isn’t healthy or if George gets into foul trouble.
The Indiana Pacers’ guards are excellent rebounders. They don’t go for a fast break until their team has possession of the ball.
The Miami Heat need Lebron James and Dwayne Wade to each score over 20 points a game in order to beat the Indiana Pacers.
The Heat’s big men: Chris Andersen (228 lbs), Chris Bosh (235), and Udonis Haslem (235), don’t have the bulk to battle with the Pacers’ big men: Roy Hibbert (280), David West (250), and Tyler Hansbrough (250).
The Pacers have a great advantage over the Heat inside the paint. LeBron and Wade won’t be able to drive by their defenders and score in the key on a regular basis because of Hibbert’s presence.
Point guard play is even: the Pacer’s George Hill and D.J. Augustin against the Heat’s Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole.
The key will be Coach Vogel not going small when the Heat moves James to power forward. The Pacers are at their best when they have 2 of their 3 big men on the court at all times. Also Hibbert and George must stay out of foul trouble.
The Heat would need to shoot well from the three point line to beat the Pacers four times.
This series will be low-scoring and it will have many hard fouls, a contrast of styles, and a big upset. The Pacers may be able to pull off one of the biggest upsets in NBA history.
I’m going out on a limb and picking the Pacers to upset the Heat in seven games. 4 – 3 Pacers who will move on to the finals.
Who do you think will win?
Enjoy the playoffs!