NBA Playoffs betting news… The Celtics have had a somewhat inconsistent regular season. But they have an injury-free rooster, and at this point of the season, this means some extra kudos for the Celtics. This is a veteran team, and having a healthy squad is got to bring much relief to the Boston’s fans.
The Heat, on the other hand will bring to the Boston Garden its most lethal weapon Dwayne Wade. He has been very effective against the Celtics. Not only is the Heat quite good on the road; but so far this season, home advantage hasn’t been much of a bonus for the Celtics. They are one of the only two NBA betting teams to have a better record on the road then at home.
The Celtics really needs to get it together for these first two games at home. The Heat has been outstanding playing on the road, especially late in the season. They are 12-3 since February 10th, the best record in the NBA. As if that was not enough, the Heat has played incredibly well in defense. They have allowed only 94.2 points per game. That is the second best record in the NBA.
The Heat’s Wade scored a franchise postseason-record 46 points, carrying them past the Celtics 101-92 on Sunday in Game 4 of the teams’ Eastern Conference first-round series. Still down 3-1 in the best-of-seven, the Heat will face elimination again in Boston on Tuesday night.
The Heat and Celtics Stats:
The Heat: 47-35 SU, 43-37-2 ATS
The Celtics: 50-32 SU, 33-48-1 ATS
The Heat lately:
While playing Tuesday’s they are 2-8
Before playing the Celtics they were 3-7
After playing at the Celtics they are 6-4
After a win they are now 8-2
The Celtics lately:
While playing Tuesday’s they are 6-4
Before playing the Heat they were 7-3
After playing the Heat they are 7-3
After a loss they are now 7-3
The Celtics at the Heat in Miami, on Thursday, April 29
The Celtics are solid 62.4 percent favorites over the Heat. The Heat are shooting 46.1 percent from the field and the Celtics are forecasted to shoot 45.6 percent. The Celtics have the rebounding advantage at 40.6 to 38.4. The Celtics are committing fewer turnovers at 11.9 vs 14.7 for the Heat. The Heat are making 5.2 three pointers on 37.5 percent from three point range. The Celtics are making 5.5 three pointers on 35.7 percent.
NBA Odds Makers have the lines at present for the Celtics at -6 and the Total –Over/Under at 188 and the Celtics are -300 and the Heat +250 on the Money Line.