I know what you're thinking: How can a series that isn't even over yet rank No. 1?
Well, if you're at all interested in watching some serious, high-level basketball, this one has already provided more of that than any other so far.
The Heat and Pacers are both excellent teams, but their totally distinctive styles make the ongoing strategic adjustments fascinating to watch. Indiana's defensive execution has been phenomenal, but the Heat's elite offense has still managed to score at a rate that is nearly identical to the one it posted in the regular season.
There have been highlights aplenty, too.
Paul George buried a 30-footer to force overtime in Game 1, hit three high-pressure foul shots in the extra period to give the Pacers a one-point lead and then gave up the game-winning layup to LeBron James on the final possession.
LeBron struck again, taking over the third quarter in a Game 5 Heat win that seemed on the ropes until James put the entire team on his back once more.
And if it's controversy you're after, this series has already had some of that, too.
The entire basketball-viewing world questioned coach Frank Vogel's decision to pull Roy Hibbert in a couple of late-game situations in Game 1. That firestorm paled in comparison to the one that has cropped up more recently about the rampant flopping in the series.
That's nothing a few fines can't fix, though.
There have been plenty of actual hits though, including Birdman's sideswiping of Tyler Hansbrough. The refs even struggled to call that one correctly, tagging the Pacers big with a technical apparently for being in the wrong place at the wrong time (he wasn't the one who actually made contact with Chris Anderson, prompting the shove) and then not backing down.
In addition, Paul George has solidified himself as a star on the rise, Hibbert has more than justified his max-salary deal and Andersen has made something like 110 percent of his shots (slight exaggeration).
This series has had a ton of breathtaking moments and individual highlights, but the most entertaining part of the entire experience is watching two fantastic teams go at each other relentlessly. Both squads are confident, both have stars and both fully believe they'll win this series.