|Written by John Bower|
|Monday, 04 June 2012 13:30|
The Miami Heat wanted to come away from their two-game stint in Boston with at least one win but came up short against a veteran Celtics team in the Eastern Conference Final. Now knotted at 2-2 in the series, all eyes will be on how the Heat respond when the series shifts back to South Florida. Although their NBA betting odds have fluctuated over the course of the postseason, the Heat remain above the Celtics on the futures at 7/4 of winning the championship. Boston, in contrast, has just 12/1. Bookmakers in Vegas have listed Celtics vs Heat odds favoring Miami by 8-points to win Game 5 at the AmericanAirlines Arena against Boston.
The over/under wagering total has been set at 179.5 for the game that can be seen live at 8:30pm EST on ESPN or streamed online at ESPN3. With Tuesday’s Game 5 set to break the tie in the Eastern conference finals, NBA betting odds makers will pay careful attention to how LeBron James and Dwyane Wade respond to their disappointing Game 4 loss. Will LBJ finally silence critics who doubt his ability to close out narrow games? Handicapping trends for Celtics vs Heat odds in Game 5 favor Miami having recently gone 5-2 in their last seven games, 8-1 when playing at home and 9-3-1 against the spread.
An important thing to remember is that this isn’t Miami’s first time facing adversity in the playoffs, just last series they fell behind the Indiana Pacers before straightening things out and battling back for a relatively uncontested series win. Can such a switch be flipped against a team as formidable as Rajon Rondo’s Celtics? However, when you add in the history and pride of the men in green it is also to see why this series could be far from over. Wagering trends for Celtics vs Heat odds in Game 5 have Boston recently going 5-2 in their last seven when playing Miami but are a dreadful 1-5 when playing on the road and 1-7 when playing at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
Game 5 Predictions: OVER 179.5
Boston Celtics (39-27 SU, 34-31-1 ATS) vs Miami Heat (46-20 SU, 32-34 ATS)
|Last Updated on Monday, 04 June 2012 13:41|