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How To Bet On Celtics Heat – Lebron Looking For More For Game Seven

Posted by Craig Parsons on 6/8/2012 4:17:20 PM

The biggest criticism on a short list for Miami Heat forward Lebron James has been that he doesn’t step up in the biggest moments. The question now is whether Thursday night’s 98-79 game six-win over the Boston Celtics should now be expected, or simply an aberration. With the Heat facing elimination, James delivered one of the best performances of his career, scoring 45 points on 19-26 shooting, as well as adding 15 rebounds and five assists. The numbers alone don’t reveal how simply dominant James was in helping Miami tie up the series at three wins each, forcing a game seven this Saturday against the Celtics.

Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat (Game 7)
Saturday June 9, 2012 – 8:30 PM ET
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Sportsbook Line: Miami Heat

After winning game five on the road, most sports betting experts felt that Boston would come through at home and capitalize on the chance to reach the NBA finals in front of their fans. However, after a disappointing 19-point loss, the Celtics now have to go back on the road for one game to determine which team will be named Eastern conference champions.

NBA Betting Preview: Boston Celtics

From the opening tipoff right through to the final whistle Boston had no answer for James, but while they struggled to stop the biggest superstar in the NBA, it also didn’t help that they didn’t convert on chances of their own. The Celtics played virtually the whole first half without Paul Pierce after he caught in to early foul trouble while guarding Lebron, and while Rajon Rondo helped keep it close with 21 points and 10 assists, his teammates didn’t do enough to close the gap every time they got it close. There were stretches in the game that Brandon Bass did well covering James, so look for more of that in game seven, with Boston increasing its emphasis on scoring points in the paint.

NBA Betting Preview: Miami Heat

Considering that Lebron accounted for nearly half of the Heat’s points, there wasn’t much anybody else had to do in terms of scoring. However, that could change in game seven, with the likelihood that James cools down at least a little after such a dominant performance in game six. Dwayne Wade finished with 17 after once again looking awful in the first half, but it will be on him and Mike Miller to put up better numbers when called upon in game seven, especially after Miller didn’t score a single basket in the series-tying win. Miami’s defense looked much better with its back against the wall in game six, so look for them to come out with that same intensity.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Whatever it was that pushed Lebron to perform the way he did on Thursday night, it definitely was what he needed. Whether or not the King can match that online betting performance with Miami facing elimination once again in the encore Saturday will be among the keys to success, with the Heat continuing to play tough at the defensive end, and both Wade and Miller stepping up on offense to help James with some secondary scoring.

NBA Betting Pick: Miami Heat


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