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Heat Celtics Betting Predictions – Pride Carries Boston To Critical Game 3 Win At Home

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/30/2012 3:50:38 PM

Some online betting players called the Eastern Conference finals as being over after Miami ran roughshod over Boston in Game 1, and they could be going back to Boston with a 2-0 series lead after Game 2 on Wednesday. However, look for the Celtics to play with a ton of pride when they return home on Friday and at least make a series of it with a big win.

What: NBA Betting
When: Friday, June 1st, 8:30 PM ET
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
Pick: Boston Celtics

Why Bet On Miami Heat

The Heat have looked incredible since a 19-point loss in Game 3 of their last series with Indiana, and of course, they have been powered by the dynamic duo of LeBron James, who won his third regular-season MVP, and Dwyane Wade, who had his knee drained after that loss and has looked like an entirely  different player. Actually, he looks like the player that NBA betting sharps are used to seeing, the one that drives to the lane at will and makes some of the craziest shots you have ever seen.

James has moved into the post with Chris Bosh still on the sidelines with an abdominal strain, but he can defend four positions on the floor and is cementing his status as the best player in the league by a wide margin. But the Heat have also been getting contributions from their role players; Shane Battier had 10 points and 10 rebounds in a Game 1 trouncing of the Celtics, while Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers have also come up big at points. You can’t win an NBA title with only two players, and the rest of the team don’t have to be spectacular, they just have to do what they were brought to the team to do.

There is no timetable for a return from Bosh, but it is the type of injury that can be easily re-aggravated, so the Heat are being careful with their All-Star forward. If they play as they did in Game 1, Miami won’t need him until the next round. When they can get out in the open floor and push the pace of the game, no team in the Eastern Conference can hang with the Heat.

Why Bet On Boston Celtics

The Celtics are going to have to play with pride as they were pushed around all over the court in Game 1, to the point where Rajon Rondo said that they have to make someone from the Heat “hit the deck” when they drive the lane. Rondo can say that he was one of two Celtics that can walk out of that game with their head held high; the mercurial point guard had 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, but he also looked tentative at some periods of the game. Kevin Garnett did what he could with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but the Celtics were outrebounded by 15 and had no rim protection against Miami’s high-flying superstars, which is something that you can rarely say against a team that many feel is the best defensive squad in the NBA. The Celtics also looked their age as they had to go to seven games against Philadelphia, a series that ended on Sunday and then they had to get on a plane and head straight to Miami, where the Heat had been waiting since ending their matchup with Indiana on Thursday. 

It is also plain to see that Ray Allen (ankle) isn’t even close to 100% and when he starts missing free throws, you know something is wrong with the man some call the best pure shooter in the history of the league. Allen was 3-of-7 from the charity stripe and the Celtics were 11-of-21 overall, so that has to be rectified as missed free throws can kill your momentum. But Boston also had four technical fouls in Game 1 and even though at least one of them was contentious, the Celtics have to maintain their composure or else it is going to be a short series.

How It Will Play Out

Regardless of what happens in Game 2 on Wednesday, the Celtics should be NBA betting favorites at home, where they have won four of their last five games against the Heat. The totals will give you an idea of what the Celtics have to do as they won all four games in which the score fell under the posted total; they simply have to slow down the game or else the Heat are going to run rampant.

Boston is a team with a lot of pride and while it isn’t likely that they can win a seven-game series against the Heat, they’re not going to go down easy and they’re going to give Miami everything they can in Game 3 in front of their home fans. Take the Celtics to steal Game 3 in your sports betting book.

Heat Celtics Betting Pick: Boston Celtics


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