It’s only round one of the basketball betting playoff action but someone seems to have forgotten to tell that to the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. Game 1 of this Eastern Conference NBA odds matchup ended up in a brawl, an ejection and a suspension –something you generally don’t see until much later in the NBA playoff betting action.
But it makes for great basketball wagering fun and should set the stage for the best of the Game 2 NBA betting matchups on Tuesday night. The Heat (47-25) entered the NBA playoff betting action as one of the hottest teams in the league riding a 9-1 streak in their last 10 regular season games. The Celtics (50-32) limped into the post season going 3-7 in their final 10 basketball betting matchups of the regular season.
Yet after a tough fought battle that had the intensity of an NBA Finals betting matchup the Celts pulled out an 85-76 win at the Garden in Game 1.
It wasn’t pretty, but after trailing for most of the game the Celtics came on strong in the 4th and did what they needed to do in order to get the NBA playoff betting win. That meant a feisty encounter in front of the Heat bench that nearly devolved into a brawl and led to the ejection of the superstar center Kevin Garnett from the basketball betting competition.
And that ejection subsequently led to a one-game suspension for Game 2 and the Heat’s chances in the NBA odds are much the better for it.
Miami is more than capable of winning this NBA betting matchup and probably will. Dwyane Wade, one of the top three players in basketball betting action anywhere on the planet, had a relatively quite game with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists –a terrific stat line by any measure, but he’s capable of more. Indeed, he must do more, at least on the scoring end if the Heat is going to win this NBA odds matchup.
The Heat have plenty of weaknesses but Wade is good enough to single-handedly lead this team to at least 2 wins in this NBA playoff betting series and if they can catch the Celts on an off-night or two, they could take this first round NBA playoff betting series. In Game 2 expect Wade to have a monster game and the Heat to steal a game in the Garden without Garnett.