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Celtics Heat Betting Tips– Heat Scorch Celtics, Head To NBA Finals

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/28/2012 4:19:14 PM

Sports betting players have been waiting for Boston-Miami since Derrick Rose went down with a knee injury and took Chicago out of the running, and here we are, in the Eastern Conference finals as the two meet for the right to go to the NBA Finals. The Celtics had the edge in the regular season, but Miami’s superstar duo will carry them to the conference championship.

What: NBA Betting
When: Series starts on Monday, May 28th at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Games 1, 2, 5, 7 (Miami); Games 3, 4, 6 (Boston)
Pick: Miami Heat

Why Bet On Boston Celtics

The Celtics were the best team in the regular season over the last month and a half and they followed it up with a six-game win over Atlanta and then a seven-game victory over a Philadelphia team that wouldn’t go away. Kevin Garnett has turned back the clock with a series of brilliant performances, putting up 19.2 points and 10.8 rebounds, barking at everyone on the court and calling out the opposition’s fans in the media, while Paul Pierce has averaged 19.3 points and 6.9 rebounds, although he did foul out late in Boston’s Game 7 win over the 76ers. That was when Rajon Rondo stepped up to the plate and took the Celtics over the top while putting the finishing touches on his ninth playoff triple-double and simply put, as Rondo goes, so does the Celtics. Rondo has put up 15.3 points, 12.3 assists, 6.7 assists and 2.7 steals, and he is such a disruptive force on both ends of the court that he is the key to Boston’s NBA betting chances in this series.

However, the Celtics lost Avery Bradley to a shoulder injury, which means Ray Allen has to struggle through an ankle injury and it is clear that he isn’t even close to 100%, so look for the Heat to target Allen whenever he is on the floor. Brandon Bass had a huge Game 5 against the 76ers, but he’ll need to be more consistent because the Celtics have the edge in the post and they’ll have to exploit that to defeat a rampant Miami team.

Why Bet On Miami Heat

When you have a duo like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, you are always going to be at or near the top of the NBA betting list and the Heat have been there all season. They flicked aside New York in five games that seemed more like a sweep, and then they defeated Indiana in a testy six-game series to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season. James, who won his third regular-season MVP in four seasons, has posted 29.0 points, 8.7 boards and 5.9 assists, along with 2.5 steals, while Wade has chipped in with 23.8 points, but the two were deadly over the last three games against the Pacers. When they’re on, that opens things up for the rest of the team and players like Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller and Shane Battier have to knock down their open shots; if they can force the Celtics to stay at home and guard the perimeter, that opens up the lane for James and Wade. The Heat have a rotating cast of big men in Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony and Ronny Turiaf to guard the opposition’s big men, and all three had big games at one point or another during the Pacers’ series.

They’ll need more from those big men as Chris Bosh is still out with an abdominal strain and even though he has been running drills, Bosh hasn’t been back to practice since getting hurt in the first game against the Pacers and that has changed how the Heat play. With Bosh on the floor, there is more space for James and Wade because he can hit the 17-foot jumper (and out further), but he is also tall and can guard a player like Garnett or David West, who was guarded by James in the last series. The Miami big men have to be at their best, so James is allowed to move out of the post. 

How It Will Play Out

Miami is a major NBA betting favorite in this series at -550, while Boston is rated at +425, although they’ve won three of their four regular-season meetings with the Heat. A pair of massive wins over Miami in the last part of the regular season really sparked the Celtics and announced them as a legitimate contender in the East, and it always felt as these two would meet in the East finals as they’ve split a pair of postseason meetings in each of the last two years.

There are no secrets between these two, but the Heat, and especially James, got over a hump by beating the Celtics in last season’s playoffs. The regular-season meetings can pushed to the side and the duo of James and Wade are playing at an extremely high level. The Heat have to force Rondo into making mistakes and you shouldn’t even be surprised to see James guarding Rondo at some point during this series. Even though Boston has the edge in coaching with Doc Rivers over Eric Spoelstra, talent usually wins out in the NBA and James and Wade won’t be denied a second consecutive trip to the Finals. Go with Miami in this online betting matchup.

Celtics Heat Betting Pick: Miami Heat

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