Seemingly back in control of their 2014 NBA playoffs series, the Miami Heat will try and take a 3-1 lead over the Indiana Pacers in tonight’s Game 4. According to ESPN’s May 26 report, AmericanAirlines Arena will be the site for this clash that will be streaming live on ESPN-GO and televised nationally on big ESPN (DirecTV channel 206).
Opening tipoff is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. EST following NBA Countdown at 7:30 p.m. EST. Miami is coming off a 99-87 victory in which Indiana failed to execute offensively in the third and fourth quarters yet again.
Led by LeBron James’ 26 points and Dwyane Wade’s 23, the two-time defending NBA champs put themselves just two wins away from their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance. In the process, a new rivalry appears to have been born, as reported by USA Today on May 26, 2014, between LBJ and Pacers guard Lace Stephenson.
For the Indiana Pacers, the success this team enjoyed in the opener now seems like a distant memory. After having all five starters and a bench player score in double figures in Game 1, Indy has crumbled under Miami’s defensive pressure, especially with the game on the line.
As reported by Bleacher Report, Frank Vogel’s problem against Erik Spoelstra’s team is a matter of talent deficiency, not lack of chemistry. Grant Hughes points to a number of matchups where the Pacers have looked vulnerable, and how this will ultimately become Indy’s downfall.
Nevertheless, going by what NBA playoffs oddsmakers have posted for this game, Game 4 is guaranteed to be another nail-biter. The latest point spreads give Miami [-6] a slim six-point advantage against Indiana [+6], and the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 183 points. Finally, straight-up betting lines go as follows: Pacers [-285] vs. Heat [+240].
ATS Action Before TV Scheduled Game 4 Tipoff
Indiana spread: 51 percent (578 units).
Miami spread: 49 percent (545 units).
OVER wagers: 66 percent (632 units).
UNDER wagers: 34 percent (328 units).
Trends Before ESPN’s Free Live Stream Online
Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points.
Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games versus a team with a winning home record.
Heat is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 against the NBA’s Central Division.
Heat is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games against teams with winning road records.
Heat is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
NBA Playoffs 2014 Key Statistics for Game 4
OVER is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Miami.
Home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
Indiana is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Indiana is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Miami.