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Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Picks and Betting Preview

 

NBA Point Spread: Heat -5 O/U 182.5

 

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The Heat took Game 1 of this HUGE series and after struggling against the Celtics and their top-ranked defense during the regular season Dwayne Wade came up big and scored 38 points. The Celtics kept it pretty close, but after Paul Pierce was ejected in the 4th quarter with his 2nd technical foul Miami pulled away. Boston hangs their hat on their D, which must play better in Game 2 after allowing the Heat to shoot 47.1% from the floor and a 3-pt FG% of 47.4% in Game 1. The Celtics have lost 2 straight games to the Heat after taking the first 3 in the regular season.

In Game 1 the Heat beat the Celtics 99-90 with Miami covering the spread and the posted total going Over.

This season the Celtics are 40-45-2 ATS and the Heat are 43-44-1 ATS.

Obviously the Big 3 of the Heat are key in this game and in Game 1 Chris Bosh really struggled only scoring 7 points on 3/10 shooting, but reserve James Jones came up big scoring 25 points and hitting 5 of 7 of his 3-pointers. LeBron James, Wade, and Bosh are the players the Celtics have to key on and they cannot let another player have a big scoring game like Jones did in Game 1.

In Game 1 while the Celtics shot a 3-pt FG% of 50%, but they only shot an overall FG% of 42.7%. They will need a better game from the duo of Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett, who only combined for 14 points on 6/19 shooting in Game 1.

Paul Pierce and Ray Allen combined for 44 points in Game 1, but they need some offensive help in Game 2.

Ray Allen said it best after Game stating, "There's so many things we need to do to get better.”

The Celtics were very rusty after sitting for a week after sweeping the 76ers in round 1 and they got down big early and they cannot allow that to happen in Game 2. Rondo got in foul trouble and missed much of the 2nd quarter when the Heat really pulled away out-scoring the Celtics 31-22. Rondo has to do his thing and get in the paint and dish out the rock. After averaging 12 assists against the Heat in the regular season he only had 7 in Game 1.

Shaquille O'Neal may be able to play in Game 2 and the Celtics could really use his presence inside. In Game 1 the Celtics only scored 26 points in the paint.

Betting Trends

Miami is 3-3 ATS in the playoffs so far and has an Over/Under record of 3-3.

Boston is 2-3 ATS in the playoffs so far and they have an Over/Under record of 2-3.


 

 

 

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