Pacers-Heat Game 7 Line at -7, Big Prop Bets being offered

miami-heat-indiana-pacers-1Few experts predicted this: the Indiana Pacers have pushed the heavily-favored Miami Heat to a deciding Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. This game, which starts at 7:30pm EST tonight (June 3rd), will decide who goes on to face the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals.

Assuming you’re looking to get some action on this huge matchup, GTBets.eu has the point spread at -7. You can look at the complete line below:

Indiana Pacers  (-110)  Over 180 (-110)
Miami Heat  -7  (-110)  Under 180 (-110)

As you can see, the Heat are being spotted 7 points because they’re the home team and considered more talented. If you bet on Miami to cover the 7 point spread and they do so, you’d win $100 for every $110 wagered. Likewise, if the Pacers lose by less than 7 points, a wager on them would yield $100 profit for every $110 bet.

miami-heat-indiana-pacers-2You can also see that the totals bet offers a fairly low score of over/under 180. The Indiana Pacers employ a gritty, defensive style, which has kept the Miami Heat from shining on the offensive end of the floor. With such a big game tonight, don’t expect anything less from Indiana as they look to steal a game on the road. But also don’t forget that home teams have won nearly 80% of the 112 Game 7’s in NBA history.

Moneyline, Halftime, 1st Quarter Bets

The GTBets.eu moneyline has the Heat as huge favorites since they’ll be playing in front of their home crowd. Here’s a look at the Eastern Conference Game 7 moneyline:

Indiana Pacers  (+280)
Miami Heat  (-350)

If you have a strong feeling that the Pacers will win, now is the perfect time to make your bet. A winning moneyline wager on Indiana would yield $180 in profit ($280 total) for every $100 wagered. As for the Heat, you’d be risking $250 to earn $100 in profit ($350 total). Below you can check out the halftime and first quarter wagers as well.

Halftime Line

1st Half Indiana   (-110)  Over 88.5  (-110)
1st Half Miami  -4 (-110)  Under 88.5 (-110)

1st Quarter Line

1st Quarter Indiana   (-110)  Over 44.5  (-110)
1st Quarter Miami  -2 (-110)  Under 44.5 (-110)

Prop Bets

As with any big game, you can expect a full slate of prop bets at GTBets for this Eastern Conference Game 7 matchup. There are 22 prop bets to be exact, and you can see a few of them below:

First Team to Score First Points of the Game
Indiana  (-110)
Miami  (-120)

First Team to Score 10 PTS
Indiana  (100)
Miami  (-130)

Total 3PT shots made
Over 13.5  (-115)
Under 13.5  (-115)

Points Scored by Paul George (Must Play)
Over 19.5  (-125)
Under 19.5  (-105)

Points Scored by David West (Must Play)
Over 16.5  (-140)
Under 16.5  (-110)

Points Scored by Roy Hibbert (Must Play)
Over 20.5  (-125)
Under 20.5  (-105)

Points Scored by LeBron James (Must Play)
Over 29.5  (-120)
Under 29.5  (-110)

Assists by LeBron James (Must Play)
Over 6.5  (-135)
Under 6.5  (+105)

Points Scored by Chris Bosh (Must Play)
Over 12.5  (100)
Under 12.5  (-130)

Points Scored by Dwayne Wade (Must Play)
Over 16.5  (+110)
Under 16.5  (-140)

2013 NHL Playoffs: Conference Finals Predictions

sidney-crosbyWe’re now just one round away from the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals as the playoffs have been whittled down to four teams. In the Western Conference, the defending champion Los Angeles Kings face off against the Chicago Blackhawks. This is truly a battle of two worn-out clubs since the Kings and Blackhawks each survived grueling seven-game series. Interestingly enough, they both won their Game 7 matchups by a score of 2-1.

As for the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins will do battle in yet another series against each other. Unlike Chicago and L.A., these teams coasted by their Conference Semi-Finals opponents. The Bruins took out the New York Rangers in just five games, while Pittsburgh won their series over the Ottawa Senators by the same margin.

With four talented teams remaining, it’s anybody’s guess as to who will be moving onto the Stanley Cup Finals. And we’d like to guess ourselves with the following Conference Finals previews.

L.A. Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks

corey-crawfordThis is a pretty tantalizing matchup that pits the ’10 NHL champion Blackhawks against the ’12 champion Kings. Chicago comes into this series via a dramatic comeback that saw them down 3-1 against the Wings. The Blackhawks were able to reestablish control of the puck later in the series to win and set up this matchup.

For the most part, Chicago goalie Corey Crawford has played pretty well in these playoffs. However, L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick appears to have regained his form from last season’s championship playoff run. He has a .948 save percentage, which is slightly better than his .946 mark from ’12. So when it comes to the net, we have to give the Kings an advantage.

However, even Quick hasn’t been able to help Los Angeles win on the road. The Kings are a disappointing 1-5 away from their home ice, which doesn’t bode well as they travel to Chicago. They were able to overcome a 2-0 deficit against the St. Louis Blues in the first round; don’t expect the same forgiveness from the Blackhawks.

jonathan-quickOn offense, Chicago really needs Jonathan Toews to regain form. The Chicago captain has scored just six points through the first 12 playoff games – a mark which only places him fifth on his own team. Patrick Kane is another Blackhawks player who needs to pick up his production. The winger has nine points thus far, which isn’t bad; however, it’s definitely off his regular season pace of 55 points in 47 games.

Los Angeles presents a pretty tough frontline of Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. These guys have been solid throughout the playoffs and will look to overwhelm Crawford in the net. And the Kings’ frontline vs. Crawford could be the deciding factor in this series.

Prediction: L.A. wins the series 4-3

Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

This is definitely a case of offense vs. defense, with Pittsburgh easily playing the role of offensive juggernauts. Sidney Crosby has scored 15 points in 10 playoff games, but he isn’t the only one doing damage. As a team, the Penguins have averaged 4.27 goals in the postseason, which is easily a league-best.

sidney-crosbyBut Pittsburgh does have chinks in their armor, and they start with goaltending. The Penguins had to switch from Marc-Andre Fleury to Tomas Vokoun in the first round because of this issue. And while Vokoun has done a great job (1.85 GAA, .941 SV%) through six games, it’s never good when you need to switch out a starter mid-playoffs.

Moving to Boston, they feature an aggressive, defensive-minded approach. Veteran Zdeno Chara has logged 29 minutes per game and is critical to stopping the opposition. This defense can pack an offensive punch too, as rookie Torey Krug showed against the Rangers. He was incredible after scoring four goals and dishing out five assists in just five games.

Boston goalie Tuukka Rask has been solid with (2.22 GAA, .928 SV%) in the 2013 NHL Playoffs. However, solid won’t be enough to stop the Penguins’ extremely deep attack. Expect Pittsburgh to overcome their goalie and defensive issues while overwhelming Rask in the process.

Prediction: Pittsburgh wins the series 4-2

How Danny Granger convinced the Pacers to draft Paul George

paul-georgeMost NBA analysts and experts fully expected the Miami Heat to run through the 2013 Playoffs and on to their second straight title. But there’s just one holdup so far: the Indiana Pacers are giving the Heat a huge fight and have tied the Eastern Conference Finals series at 2-2.

Pacers forward Paul George is a huge reason behind why Indiana is playing Miami so tough right now. He’s displayed the same all-around game against the Heat that he has throughout the entire 2013 regular season. What’s more is that George has even given LeBron James some difficulties on both ends of the floor. Interestingly enough, none of this may have happened if not for currently injured Pacers star Danny Granger.

Back in 2010, before the NBA Draft, former Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird was trying to decide whether or not he should select George. After all, the Fresno State product was still a relatively unknown entity, despite playing two solid years of college ball. Plus Indiana had the 10th pick in the 2010 Draft and didn’t want to take a leap of faith on an unproven talent.

paul-george-pacersAt the time, Granger was working out with George and had some inside knowledge of the prospect. And the two had a connection since they shared an agent in Aaron Mintz. So Bird called Granger in an effort to find out what his opinion was of George, but hadn’t gotten a call back.

So Mintz phoned Granger to convince his client to talk things over with Bird. As Sports Illustrated journalist Lee Jenkins wrote, the three-way conversation went something like this:

Mintz asked George, “Where do you want to go in the draft tomorrow?”
“Indiana,” George replied.

“Why?” Mintz asked.

“I think I can learn so much from Danny.”

Mintz hung up on George and asked Granger, “Can you call Bird now?”

Despite the fact that they both played the same position, Granger complied with Mintz’s request and gave a “glowing recommendation” of the fellow small forward. He would eventually tell Bird that George would be an All-Star by his third season – something which few other people around the league could’ve predicted.

danny-grangerHowever, Granger’s bold prophecy didn’t look very accurate in the beginning. As a rookie, George was a reserve who was mainly called upon for his stingy defense. He averaged a modest 20.7 MPG, 7.8 PPG, 1.0 SPG and 3.7 RPG.

George showed some definite improvement in his second season and blossomed in a starting role. He averaged 12.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG and 1.6 SPG while also shotting 38.5% from the 3-point line.

But this year is when George has truly stepped into a starring role. He made the All-Star team on the strength of 17.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 4.1 APG and 1.8 SPG. Granted, George has done this in a year where Granger has been sidelined all but five games with an injury; however, he’s still turned in a very impressive season.

And no matter how the current series against the Heat finishes out, the Pacers definitely have to be happy about Danny Granger making that phone call before the 2010 Draft.