Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics have a tough task ahead of them as Boston is down one game to none against the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. The Heat are -7.5 point favorites over the Celtics with an over/under point total set at 177.5.
The Miami Heat continued their strong play lately as the Heat defeated the Boston Celtics in game one of their series on Monday. The Heat took a bit to get going in the playoffs this season, especially with the absence of Chris Bosh, but lately Miami is looking like the contenders everyone thought they were as the Heat are rolling through the competition. Leading Miami against Boston on Monday was LeBron James who once again had a monster night, putting up 32 points while grabbing 13 rebounds. Wade and Battier also got in on the action as they each finished with double digit points on the night, Wade with 22.
The Boston Celtics played about like I thought they would on Monday. I knew Boston would come in focused and ready to play the Heat, but Boston is a bit long in the tooth, and the Celtics were just coming off a long series with the Sixers and the Celtics just didn’t have their legs under them later on. Leading the Celtics against the Heat on Monday was Kevin Garnett who had a very solid game for Boston as Garnett finished with 23 points and ten rebounds on the night.
The Heat head into game two on Wednesday having won four out of their last five, however Miami is just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against Boston. The Celtics are just 3-6 against the spread in their last nine games, and Boston is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games in Miami.
I am thinking Wednesday’s game will look very similar to Monday night’s. Boston will be ready to go, but the Heat have the fresher legs and I think that will be the difference here.
Miami Heat -7.5 Boston Celtics