The visiting Boston Celtics try to knot the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece when they take on the Miami Heat tonight, Wednesday May 30th. The Heat got an impressive 93-79 victory in Game 1. Boston had some success against the Heat in the regular season, winning three of four, including one in South Florida. NBA oddsmakers have the Heat as -8 point home favorites over the Celtics with the over/under set at 177 points. Be sure to check the Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
Boston (8-6, 2-5 V) struggled with Miami’s athleticism and needs a sharp bounce-back performance tonight. Kevin Garnett had 23 points and 10 rebounds in Game 1 to pace Boston, while Rajon Rondo finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists on Monday. Paul Pierce scored just 12 points on just 5-of-18 shooting thanks in large part to the defense of James.
The Celtics have to get to the line. This is the big one for the Celtics. Pierce and Rondo combined for 38 shots Monday night without earning a trip to the free throw line. Said Rondo, “That’s crazy”. It’s also a way to lose basketball games. The Celtics need to play better, and it starts by making shots and preventing easy scores on the other end. They don’t have a player who is better than James or Wade, so they need to do it as a team.
On the injury front for Boston, veteran guard Ray Allen has been dealing a balky right ankle for weeks, and was just 1-of-7 from the floor in Game 1 with four missed four free throws, prompting Rivers to consider sitting the ailing sharpshooter. But, with Avery Bradley already done for the season after shoulder surgery, his options are limited.
Miami’s (9-3, 6-1 H) LeBron James had 32 points and 13 rebounds on Monday as the Miami Heat handled the Celtics, 93-79, in Game 1 of the set. Dwyane Wade added 22 points and seven assists for Miami, which never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 17. Shane Battier scored 10 points, Mario Chalmers had nine and Mike Miller finished with eight for the Heat.
The way the Heat’s offense is humming along in these playoffs, perhaps Chris Bosh should take his time returning from injury Since Miami’s initial two losses to Indiana without Bosh, the team’s offense has exploded thanks to a combined effort by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to get close to the rim. In Monday’s Game 1 win over the Celtics, the Heat shot 50 percent from the field despite going 5 of 25 from behind the three-point arc. Led by James and Wade, the Heat was 21 of 27 (77.8 percent) inside the paint. Without Bosh, Wade and James have thrived in the Heat’s pick-and-roll sets while also turning to their post-up games more frequently. As a result, the Heat is averaging 103.5 points per game in its past four victories.
The Bottom Line: The Celtics always rebound after a loss, they might not get the win, but they’ll cover. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NBA Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NBA Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Miami.
Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Celtics are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Miami.
Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Conference Finals games.
Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference.
Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss.
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat
When: Wednesday, May 30th@8:30 PM EST
Pick: Celtics +8
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