The Miami Heat are being cast as overwhelming favorites to win the 2013 title – that’s no surprise – but have the Indiana Pacers been unjustly overlooked by the NBA betting community? Find out Wednesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
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Now there’s a reason the reigning champion Heat have an impressive 1/3 shot of taking a second consecutive crown: it starts and ends with LeBron James. James, however, may find himself matched up against the only man in the NBA with a reasonable chance of containing him: Paul George.
Given that the Pacers can be found on those same NBA futures with a pedestrian 16/1 odds of winning the championship, Indiana has to at least intrigue NBA betting fans looking to put their money on an underdog.
Having pushed through the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks so far this postseason, the Pacers have established some momentum heading into the ECFs. Will it be enough when they take their talents down to South Beach?
While George will be instrumental in any Indiana success, he won’t be able to slay the Miami beast alone. The stage is set for this year’s David versus Goliath.