NBA Betting: Heat, Grizzlies seek 2-0 leads
The Heat drew first blood with a win and a cover in Game 1 of their second-round series against the Celtics. Can Boston bounce back in Game 2 on Tuesday night in Miami?
The Heat were a 5-point home favorite on the NBA odds in the series opener and delivered a 99-90 victory. Dwyane Wade made up for a poor regular season against Boston by leading the Heat with 38 points. LeBron James added 22 points, six rebounds, and five assists in that win, while James Jones had a career game off the bench with 25 points - which included five three-pointers.
The loss was a frustrating one for the Celtics. Ray Allen led Boston with 25 points, while the rest of the Celtics' stars struggled. Paul Pierce had 19 points and seven rebounds, but was ejected late in the fourth quarter after altercations with James and Delonte West earned him a pair of technicals. Rajon Rondo scored only eight points on 3-of-10 shooting, and Kevin Garnett was held to six points and eight rebounds.
The Pierce ejection was just a part of what was a pretty rough Game 1 full of physical and verbal sparring. West also picked up a technical in the game, while Jermaine O'Neal doled out a flagrant foul. With this much animosity spilling out in Game 1 it could just be the start of an all-out war between the Eastern Conference rivals.
Miami's victory in Game 1 was their second straight win against the Celtics, but they're still a lame 3-7 SU and ATS in their last 10 versus Boston. At home again Tuesday night the Heat are a 5-point favorite at Sportsbook.ag.
Also on tap on the NBA odds on Tuesday is Game 2 between Memphis and Oklahoma City. The Grizzlies have been the upset darlings in the postseason, and they continued to pay their backers in Game 1 with a 114-101 victory as a 6.5-point road underdog.
Zach Randolph powered the Grizzlies attack with 34 points and 10 rebounds, and Marc Gasol was also a force with 20 points and 13 boards. Even more amazing is that they made mince-meat out of the Thunder's great defensive tandem of Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka.
The scary thing for the Thunder is that they lost so badly despite solid games from both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant netted 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Westbrook chipped in with 29 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Ibaka also added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
After winning Game 1 the Grizzlies has won three in a row against the Thunder, and they covered the spread in all three wins. Totals bettors should also take note that Game 1 went OVER the posted total (194.5), stretching the streak of OVER results between the Grizzlies and Thunder to six games.