The Eastern Conference finals are now a best-of-3 series as the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics tonight, Tuesday June 5th, for Game 5. Home team has won each game this series. NBA oddsmakers have the Heat as -8 point home favorites over the Celtics with the over/under set at 179 points. Be sure to check the Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
Boston (10-7, 2-6 V) swept two home games and evened the best-of-7 series at 2-2 with a 93-91 overtime victory on Sunday. Paul Pierce had 23 points, but lasted only 38 seconds past regulation before he fouled out of another game. Kevin Garnett added 17 points and 14 rebounds, Ray Allen scored 16 and Rajon Rondo finished with 15 points and 15 assists.
Chris Bosh could be the wild card of this series, should he recover from an abdominal strain. If there was ever a time to throw all your cards on the table, now is the time. “We have prepared every game,’’ Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Monday. “So we don’t have to do anything different. We’ve prepared every game like Chris Bosh is going to play and, eventually, he will – maybe tonight.’’
The Celtics’ defense is finely tuned. The Celtics have been able to limit the jump-shooting threat of Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem by sending defenders at them while Garnett remains in help mode. Rivers talked of “getting a hand, or a finger tip, on the ball’’ against Battier and Haslem. “Bosh is taller and you can’t do that,’’ Rivers said. “He will make it difficult, no doubt.’’
Miami’s (10-5, 7-1 H) LeBron James, who fouled out for the first time in 107 career playoff games, had 29 points and Dwyane Wade scored 20, but the Heat had just two points in OT on a Haslem dunk.
Chris Bosh’s possible return in Game 5 changes the complexion of the series even if he’s not 100 percent. A seven-time All-Star, the Dallas native is far more skilled than any of the other Heat big men. “Our offense has changed considerably with him out,” Spoelstra said. “He’s been an anchor. Everybody knows that’s been around our team is he’s been a major component.”
Celtics captain Paul Pierce was disqualified for the second time in the series and third time in the playoffs. “Paul has guarded [James] almost too much,’’ Rivers said. “That’s why he fouled out two of four games – that’s too much for us. Pietrus especially has done a terrific job. Guarding LeBron is hard because he comes at you in so many ways. It’s difficult to stop him.’’ But the Celtics have used savvy and size to limit Wade, bringing Marquis Daniels and Pietrus off the bench. Daniels defended Wade in the final 21 seconds of Game 4, Wade missing a potential game-deciding 3-pointer.
The Bottom Line: The Celtics will have to throw everything at the Heat, but they won’t get the win, but will 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!
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Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Finals games.
Celtics are 8-2-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
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Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Heat are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat
When: Tuesday, June 5th@8:30 PM EST
Pick: Heat -8
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