|Written by Jamal Gordon|
|Thursday, 31 May 2012 17:32|
The Miami Heat are as relevant as any point during the 2012 season heading into Game 3 lines as underdogs in their series against the Boston Celtics on Friday night at 8:30pm EST, climbing to as high as EVEN (1/1) money in NBA championship lines to win the title. With two wins left to collect in the Eastern Conference title and a looming match-up with presumably the San Antonio Spurs in the finals, that’s nothing to scoff at. And to think, not just two weeks ago they trailed in the series against the Indiana Pacers. Bookmakers in Vegas have listed Heat vs Celtics odds have listed Boston as 2-point basketball betting favorites vs Boston while the over/under total has been set at 178 for the game that can be seen live on ESPN or streamed online at ESPN3.
Game 3 lines have also listed Boston as -135 betting favorites on the money line while Miami would pay-out +115 on a $100 wager for the road win with an over/under total of 180. Miami holds a 2-0 lead in the series after embarrassing Boston by 14-points in Game 1 and then outlasting the Celtics in Game 2 for a 114-111 overtime victory on Wednesday. Fans who’d been willing to take the plunge on the loathed Heat, when their odds were as relatively low as 10/3, will now sit back and hope that the foresight pays off. Has Miami finally overcome the shortcomings that seem to plague them as legitimate contenders? Handicapping trends for Heat vs Celtics odds in Game 3 have Miami recently going 5-0 in their last five games but are a dreadful 1-13 and 1-8 against the spread when playing at TD Garden.
Let’s not forget that a Heat title seemed as inevitable last year as it does this year, and we all know how that ended. Having notched a Game 2 win in their overtime contest with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, the Heat will look to steal one on the road before the series shifts back to South Beach next Tuesday. Even if the veteran Celtics can pull off a win at home, they’ll have to find away to come up with three victories before Miami wins two and the Eastern Conference title. The Heat may not be the most likable team to come out of the East, but at this stage in the game it’s hard not to consider them the most dominant. Betting trends for Heat vs Celtics odds in Game 3 have Boston recently going 2-4 in their last six games but are a hopeful 11-1 when playing at home and 13-1 when playing Miami at TD Garden.
Game 3 Picks: OVER 178
Miami Heat (46-20 SU, 32-34 ATS) vs Boston Celtics (39-27 SU, 34-31-1 ATS)
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