NBA Playoff Schedule: Complete Viewing Info for Pacers vs Heat Pivotal Game 7
After taking Game 6 in Indianapolis, the Indiana Pacers look to shock the defending champion Miami Heat on Monday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Not many people gave the Pacers a chance coming into the Eastern Conference finals, but they've more than held their own, using their advantage on the glass and tough defense to force a Game 7.
The Heat must dig deep and make sure they don't lose at home, as in Game 2.
Here's a look at Monday's broadcasting schedule, complete with "keys to victory" for each team.
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
When: Monday, June 3, 8:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Keys to Victory for Pacers: Rebounding, Turnovers
The Pacers have out-rebounded the Heat in every game of this series.
The difference, however, between winning and losing has been the rebounding differential.
In Indiana's three wins this season, it has out-rebounded Miami, 141-95. In its three losses, it has out-rebounded Miami, 121-106. In Saturday's Game 6 victory, the Pacers out-rebounded the Heat, 53-33.
Of course, the Pacers have had trouble with turnovers all season long, ranking 22nd in the NBA in turnovers per game during the regular season. They are averaging 16.2 turnovers during the playoffs, including 16.7 turnovers against the Heat.
The Heat are particularly dangerous when they give the ball up, averaging 19.8 points off turnovers against the Pacers in this series.
Keys to Victory for Heat: Rebounding, Points in the Paint
Who will win Game 7?
It's really simple: If the Heat can find a way to at least be competitive on the glass, they have a good shot of winning Game 7 at home.
If Chris Bosh can pull his weight, that would help. He may be going up against a bigger opponent in Pacers center Roy Hibbert, but averaging 3.7 rebounds for the series is, frankly, unacceptable for a big man in any context.
The Pacers were also plus-40 in points in the paint in their last two wins versus the Heat. The Heat were plus-18 in their last two victories. The Heat have had some trouble scoring in the paint during this series. When they are able to even gain a slight advantage in the category, they stand a much better chancing of emerging victorious.
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