The Miami Heat are playing as well as anybody right now, and were able to close out the Bulls in four consecutive games, after Chicago's Game 1 upset. Dwyane Wade has been awful for the most part, although he came on and had a few key plays in the close-out game of the Semi-Final round. Chris Bosh has picked up the slack , and Norris Cole, among others, has also been a big contributor.
The Pacers fell off everyone's radar, closing the regular season in very mediocre fashion. They came to play in the playoffs, though, and were clearly the better team against the Knicks. Paul George and Roy Hibbert have been key factors in Indiana's success, but I think David West may be the toughest matchup in the upcoming series against Miami.
Indiana can, and likely will, win the rebounding matchup, but I don't think they're going to have enough to win the series.
LeBron James had a tough series against Chicago, a team that usually gives him some trouble. Still, he managed to put up solid numbers, and put his team in a position to win each game. I expect LeBron to be great in the Conference Finals, and Miami to advance to the NBA Finals in a series that is not as interesting as the Spurs/Grizzlies (see my prediction for that series here). The Pacers are a tough team, but they're not on the same level as the Heat. I like Miami in five.
Series Prediction: Heat in 5 Games
[Note: This post is from John Trifone. See his other basketball posts here and/or follow him on Twitter @JohnnyT0122.]