There's no such thing as a sure thing in the NBA playoffs.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat are the heavy favorites against the Paul George-led Indiana Pacers, but the outcome of the Eastern Conference Finals is far from determined.
South Beach's finest have more experience on this sort of stage—not to mention the best player in the world—and can already taste a second-straight championship. Indiana, meanwhile, is clinging to the hope that its 2-1 regular-season showing against Miami means something.
And does it? Of course.
The Pacers have shown that they can hang with the Heat better than most. They also play the type of physical basketball that is somewhat of a foreign concept in Miami. They're not your averaging stepping stone, just as the Heat aren't your average powerhouse.
Which of these two outfits has the ultimate, though?
Miami remains the favorite, and it should be, but it doesn't have another Eastern Conference crown wrapped up just yet.
*All stats for this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference and NBA.com unless otherwise noted.