According to a May 20 SBNation report, free live stream information and TV schedule ESPN start time for Game 2 of the 2014 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers are now available. Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. will be rocking this evening for what is sure to be a very physical contest.
Opening tipoff is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET (5:40 p.m. PT), and will be broadcast live on big ESPN following the presentation of the NBA Lottery at the top of the hour. NBA playoffs fans trying to watch this game via the Internet are in luck.
Thanks to ESPN’s family of networks, Gamer 2 of the Heat vs. Pacers will be streaming live on ESPN-GO and ESPN-Deportes (En Español). Additional TV and radio broadcasting information goes as follows: ESPNR (USA: National TV), TSN (Canada: National TV), 1070 The Fan (Local radio) and WAXY (Local radio).
For the visiting (0-1) Miami Heat, the two-time defending NBA champs ran into a wall in the opener, as they were the betting favorites despite being on the road. Looking to even up the series at one game apiece before heading to South Florida, Erik Spoelstra will have to find a way to stop Indy’s balanced attack.
A May 18 LA Times report details the mood in the Heat’s locker room after surrendering 107 points to the Pacers. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade spoke about how Miami’s defense allowing six Indiana players to score in double digits.
“We’ll be more mentally prepared for their actions and have a game plan of how we're going to cover their pick-and-rolls,” James said after the 11-point loss.
“We’re a team that owns up to the things we need to do better,” Wade added. “And I believe the things that we didn't do great today, we'll do better in Game 2.”
For the hosting (1-0) Indiana Pacers, Frank Vogel configured a solid gameplan for Game 1 and the players executed it to perfection. As explained in a May 19 USA Today report, Indy exposed the Miami ‘D’ by employing an inside-out and outside-in attack.
Thus, the Pacers shot 42 percent (8-for-19) from the behind the arc compared to the Heat’s 26 percent (6-for-23) and dominated all the facets of the game. In addition, they also converted on 78 percent (29-for-37) of their free throws to Miami’s 67 percent (10-for-15), and out-rebounded the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs, 38-29.
Heat vs Pacers 2014 NBA Playoffs Game 2 Odds
Miami spread: -3½
Miami line: -155 ML
Indiana spread: +3½
Indiana line: +135
OVER/UNDER: 185 pts
ATS Action Prior to ESPN TV Scheduled Start Time
Heat spread: 64 percent
Pacers spread: 36 percent
OVER wagers: 69 percent
UNDER wagers: 31 percent
Betting Trends Prior to ESPN-GO/ESPN-Deportes Free Live Stream
Miami is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the NBA Central Division.
Miami is ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Miami is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points.
Indiana is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games versus teams with winning straight-up records.
Indiana is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 versus the Eastern Conference.
Indiana is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 versus the NBA Southeast Division.
2014 Eastern Conference Finals Statistics to Consider Prior to Tipoff
Home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Heat is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Indiana.