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Heat Celtics Betting Predictions – Boston Sends Miami Packing En Route To NBA Finals

Posted by Craig Parsons on 6/6/2012 2:48:16 PM

Some online betting sharps are surprised that Boston has come back from a 2-0 deficit against Miami, but the Celtics have shown the heart of a champion, while the Heat are still searching. The Eastern Conference finals should come to an end on Thursday in Boston as the Celtics will finish off Miami’s superstar-led team.

What: NBA Betting
When: Thursday, June 7th, 8:30 PM ET
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
Pick: Boston Celtics

Why Bet On Miami Heat

The Heat have to figure out something before Thursday before they were outworked in a 94-90 loss in Game 5 at home, and even though they’re the younger and quicker team, Boston beat them to essentially every loose ball in the fourth quarter. LeBron James led the way with 30 points and 13 boards, while Dwyane Wade was next with 27 points for the Heat, who had a 49-39 edge on the glass. Chris Bosh had nine points and seven boards in 14 minutes of action after missing nine games with an abdominal strain, but head coach Erik Spoelstra decided to keep him on the bench late in the game, so you have to wonder if he aggravated his injury. Bosh and Mario Chalmers scored nine points each, but no Heat player beside James and Wade hit double figures and they’ll need more from their role players if this series is going to head back to South Beach for a seventh game.

Much has been made of the decision by James and Wade to skip the post-game press conferences after the last two losses and while their play on the court is what matters most, this can’t be overlooked. This Heat team can sulk when things aren’t going well and it is a sign of mental weakness, which isn’t good heading into a hostile Boston environment where they lost two games in the series already. Spoelstra’s job may be on the line because he has been outcoached by Boston’s Doc Rivers, which isn’t a surprise, but if he can’t motivate his team for this game, Miami may be forced to find a new coach.

Why Bet On Boston Celtics

Kevin Garnett had another turn-back-the-clock game with 26 points and 11 rebounds, although he has been playing like this for most of the postseason, so that term isn’t really applicable to him anymore. Paul Pierce struggled with his shot and he has a bad knee, but he still dropped 19 points and hit a three-pointer over James that basically sealed it. Mickael Pietrus came off the bench to score 13 points, and even Ray Allen shook off his free-throw issues to make all eight en route to 13 points. However, the MVP of the game was Rajon Rondo, who had the best 3-of-15 shooting performance you’ll ever see. Rondo scored just seven points, but grabbed six rebounds, dished out 13 assists and gathered four steals, while also keeping numerous plays alive in the fourth quarter with pure hustle; in one sequence, Rondo beat James to a loose ball, tapping it to a wide-open Pietrus that we’re not sure Rondo even saw, and Pietrus nailed the three-pointer. When some players aren’t hitting their shots, they’ll stop contributing in other areas, but not Rondo; in fact, he’ll step it up in other facets. When Rondo plays well, the Celtics play well.

You could even say that Rivers has been the MVP of the series as he has made every correct decision and he trusts his players, which is something that Spoelstra and the Heat don’t have going either way. The Celtics trust that Rivers is telling them the right plays, and Rivers trusts that they’ll execute, which they have been and you would be hard-pressed to find a team that is better coming out of a timeout than the Celtics. Rivers has been coaching out of his mind in these playoffs as many have written off his “old” team, but here they are, on the cusp of another NBA Finals appearance, which would be their third in five years.

How It Will Play Out

NBA betting lines still favor Miami by two points on the road in Boston, where they dropped Games 3 and 4 and have lost four in a row overall. The Heat should be winning this series easily, but the game isn’t always about who has more talent, it’s about who wants it more and it’s clear that the Celtics want it more than the Heat as it is probably their last run at a title.

Boston smells blood in the water now, and the Heat still don’t have Bosh at 100%, which has been a key as Garnett has been able to do what he wants at both ends of the floor. They don’t have an answer for Rondo, and Rivers is winning the coaching battle; it’s more of a coaching beatdown. Earn a little value and take the Celtics in your sports betting picks on Thursday.

Heat Celtics Betting Pick: Boston Celtics

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