All Tied Up
The Boston Celtics were series favorites before losing Game 1 and that was soon to be justified in Game 2.
The comfortable win sees the best-of-seven series all tied at 1-1 as it heads to TD Garden on Saturday.
Heat Suddenly Lacking Punch
Everything seemed to be going well for the Miami Heat following the opening game win but a lot can change.
They looked decidedly average in Game 2, and despite holding an 18-8 lead during the first quarter, they were quickly overhauled.
Jimmy Butler was the only shining light for the Heat, but there was a lot left to be desired from his teammates, who looked out of ideas.
NBA betting odds are giving the Heat some respect in their first road game of the series, but bettors would have wanted to see more on their home court.
Betting on the Heat after that performance is tough, but this team doesn’t lose consecutive games often and that has to be taken into account.
However, bookmakers could have been right in their calculations prior to the Eastern Conference Finals starting.
It was only a matter of time before the Boston Celtics found top gear during the series and it came at a pivotal time.
Thursday’s win was much-needed for the Celtics and now they head home with home-court advantage in their favor.
The biggest difference was getting Marcus Smart back on the court and his impact is immeasurable for the Celtics.
Smart controlled the floor and came up with quality defensive plays, so as long as he’s playing, betting on the Celtics could be the way to go.
I got to get my rest, got to get my health back, got to watch and see some things and come out and execute in this game,” Smart told ESPN.
Following up a huge victory with another isn’t easy – just ask the Heat, but this is a team that looks destined to play for the NBA Championship, and winning Game 3 is a big part of that.
Heat vs Celtics Head-to-Head
The Boston Celtics have a 3-2 edge over the Miami Heat for the regular season and playoffs.
Heat vs Celtics Game Information
- Game: Heat (53-29) vs Celtics (51-31)
- Location: TD Garden
- Day/Time: Saturday May 21, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Heat vs Celtics Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Heat vs Celtics Betting Lines
Heat vs Celtics Prediction
We expect the Boston Celtics to score another emphatic victory in Game 3, so take them to cover the spread with NBA odds.
They are a team that can pile on the points in quick fashion via Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, so they’re tough to bet against.
We respect what the Miami Heat have done so far but they looked tired and we’re confident they can bounce back at TD Garden.