NBA Playoffs betting news… Victory is essential for the Heat in Friday’s Game 3 against the Celtics. With the Heat trailing, 0-2, the series shifts to American Airlines Arena, where the Heat has to feed off the energy of the home crowd and re-gain the confidence that helped it win 10 of its last 13 regular-season home games. They’re expecting 19,600 fans to come see the Heat try to save their season, the overwhelming majority of them sure to be dressed in black at the team’s urging.
The Celtics probably won’t change anything. The Coach said it’s been his decision when to use full-court pressure against Miami’s ball handlers, a move that essentially forced the Heat into using Wade at the point more in Games 1 and 2 than they would have liked. One other reason for the Celtics to have some swagger when they come to Miami: They actually won more games on the road in the regular NBA Betting season (26) than at home (24), making them the only playoff team to pull off that statistical rarity.
The Celtics: 50-32 SU, 33-48-1 ATS The Heat: 47-35 SU, 43-37-2 ATS
The Celtics Lately:
While playing on Friday’s they are 9-1
Before playing the Heat they were 7-3
After playing the Heat they are 8-2
After a win they are now 5-5
The Heat Lately:
While playing on Friday’s they are 7-3
Before playing the Celtics they were 4-6
After playing the Celtics they are 5-5
After a loss they are now 5-5
The Celtics at the Heat, on Sunday, April 25
The Heat are slight 52.2 percent favorites over the Celtics. The Celtics are shooting 44.5 percent from the field and the Heat are forecasted to shoot 46 percent. The Celtics have the rebounding advantage at 40.3 to 38.5. Turnovers are pretty even with the Celtics projected for 13.7 turnovers vs. 12.9 for the Heat. The Celtics are making 5.3 three pointers on 36.4 percent from three point range. The Heat are making 4.2 three pointers on 31.8 percent.
NBA Odds Makers have the lines at present for the Heat at -4 and the Total –Over/Under at 182 and the Heat are -190 and the Celtics +160 on the Money Line.