The Pacers and Heat are the elite of the Eastern Conference, no doubt about it.
The Heat breezed into the conference final by going 8-1 in the first two rounds, barely breaking a sweat. The Pacers, however, had a bumpier road going 8-5 in the first two rounds. The Atlanta Hawks were a real threat to the Pacers taking them to 7 games (in the first round) but in the end Indiana managed to escape. They needed 6 games to dispose of the pesky Washington Wizards in the second round.
Although the Pacers are the No. 1 seed, it seems like the juggernaut in Miami is stronger than ever. Their dominant performances in the first two rounds coupled with Indiana's inconsistency make the two-time defending champions the perennial favorites. Something tells me they will not be denied the chance to 3-peat as NBA champions. At least not by the Pacers. Heat in 6.