The Miami Heat will look to bounce back when they travel for Game 3 of their best of seven NBA playoff series against the Indiana Pacers as they take the court in a pro basketball game on Sunday night. Tip off time between the Heat and Pacers from Indiana is scheduled for 8:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT TV.
The game three NBA playoff odds have the road team Miami Heat favored by -1 point with an over under line of 183 points. Early money from the bettors has shown on the side of the under as the game opened up with a total of 183 ½ points.
The Indiana Pacers evened this best of seven Eastern conference playoff series at 1-1 following a 97-93 road victory at the Miami Heat as a +7 ½ point underdog. The total landed over 182 ½ points.
Miami fell behind 53-47 at the half in defeat. The Heat shot 46.6% from the floor and made 7 of 22 free throws. The team got to the free throw line 26 times and made 18 shots. They lose the rebounding battle to Indiana by a 39-32 margin.
LeBron James led Miami with 36 points and eight rebounds on 14 of 20 shooting. James had two critical turnovers in the closing minute of the game as Miami failed to capture game two. Chris Bosh chipped in with 17 points along with five boards as he made 6 of his 14 shots. The Heat bench generated just 19 points. Miami is a very good shooting team as they lead the league with 49.6% from the floor and are second best from three point range as they connect on 39.6% from beyond the arc.
The Pacers shot 50% on the Miami Heat floor and made 5 of 12 from the three point line. Indiana got to the free throw line 32 times and converted on 26 shots. The Indiana starters scored 91 of the Heat’s 97 points. Center Roy Hibbert was huge with 29 points and ten rebounds on 10 of 15 shooting. Paul George chipped in with 22 points along with six assists as he made 9 of his 16 shots. Indiana is an outstanding defensive team and it showed down the stretch as good defense forced the two late turnovers by LeBron James. Indiana is number one in both field goal and three point shooting defense. There has been a recent upsurge offensively from the Pacers as they have averaged 102 points per game in their past three playoff games.