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Heat vs Celtics Series Betting Preview

Can a Celtics team that barely beat the 76ers possibly handle the Miami Heat?

Can Boston even get a game off Miami, with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James dominating as they did in the Indiana series?

A Miami sweep pays only +450, a low figure for any recent NBA Eastern Conference championship odds. And the Heat opened as 8.5-point home chalk in Game 1.

Like the Celtics in a sweep? That's a +5000 payout (and highly unlikely).

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Handicappers point to the fact Boston is 4-0 ATS in their past 4 against Miami as a reason to fade the Heat at -8.5. Others point to the fact Miami demolished Boston in five games a year ago and the age of the Celtics as reasons to lay the wood on the Heat.

The Heat Celtics East final also features plenty of prop action to go along with the star quality of the players.

Rajon Rondo is even money to post a triple-double during the series. By contrast, LeBron is -300 to NOT record a triple-double.

Do you think LeBron will aveage more than 30 PPG in the series? You can wager on that prop as well at Bovada.

Heat Celtics Series Price (all odds courtesy of Bovada:)

Boston Celtics (Series Prices)    4/1        (+400)

Miami Heat (Series Prices)         1/6        (-600)

Exact Series Odds

Boston Celtics  4-0        50/1      (+5000)

Boston Celtics  4-1        35/1      (+3500)

Boston Celtics  4-2        10/1      (+1000)

Boston Celtics  4-3        15/1      (+1500)

Miami Heat 4-0              9/2        (+450)  

Miami Heat 4-1              17/10    (+170)  

Miami Heat 4-2              4/1        (+400)  

Miami Heat 4-3              29/10    (+290) 

Total Games in Series 

Over Games      O 5½    4/5        (-125)

Under Games    U 5½    20/21    (-105)

Total Games in Series   

4          11/2      (+550)  

5          3/2        (+150)  

6          5/2        (+250)  

7          11/5      (+220) 

Series Game Spread   

Boston Celtics  +1½      23/20    (+115)              

Miami Heat        -1½       20/29    (-145)             

Series Game Spread   

Boston Celtics  +2½      5/7        (-140)               

Miami Heat        -2½       11/10    (+110)              

Series Game Spread   

Boston Celtics  -1½       7/1        (+700)             

Miami Heat        +1½      1/14      (-1400)             

Where Will the Series be Decided?      

TD Bank Garden, Boston           10/17    (-170)   

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami   7/5        (+140)

Player Props

Average 3rd Round Points Per Game - Paul Pierce

Over/Under                                           18½

Average 3rd Round Points Per Game - Brandon Bass

Over/Under                                           12

Average 3rd Round Points Per Game - Kevin Garnett

Over/Under                                           17½

Average 3rd Round Assists Per Game - Rajon Rondo    

Over/Under                                           12½

Average 3rd Round Points Per Game - Rajon Rondo      

Over/Under                                           14½

Will Rajon Rondo Record a Triple Double vs. the Miami Heat?

Yes      5/6        (-120)

No        5/6        (-120)

Average 3rd Round Points Per Game - LeBron James    

Over/Under                                           30

Average 3rd Round Rebounds Per Game - LeBron James

Over/Under                                           9½

Average 3rd Round Assists Per Game - LeBron James

Over/Under                                           6

Will Lebron James Record a Triple Double vs. the Boston Celtics?

Yes      2/1        (+200)

No        1/3        (-300)

Highest 1 Game Point Total in 3rd Round - LeBron James

Over/Under       35.5

Average 3rd Round Points Per Game - Dwyane Wade    

Over/Under                                           25½

Average 3rd Round Rebounds and Assists Per Game - Dwyane Wade    

Over/Under                                           9

Highest 1 Game Point Total in 3rd Round - Dwyane Wade

Over/Under       30.5

Additional Props

Who will win the NBA 2012 NBA Championship

Eastern Conference Team          20/27    (-135)

Western Conference Team         21/20    (+105)

Will any Player be suspended during the Eastern Conference Finals?

Yes      6/1

No        1/10

Lowest single team total during the Eastern Conference Finals?

Over / Under     73.5