NBA Playoff Game Previews
The Heat are down 0-1 in the series and even though they are the underdog tonight and are in Boston they do not have to face Kevin Garnett, who is suspended for the game.
Miami Heat (47-35) at Boston Celtics (50-32)
Bovada has the Celtics as the slight 1-point favorites in this game with a total of 179.
In Game 2 of an Eastern Conference playoff series the Boston Celtics will be hosting the Miami Heat. Kevin Garnett scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in Game 1 so his absence may really hurt Boston.
This season the Celtics are 24-17 at home and 32-48-2 ATS and the Heat are 23-18 on the road and 42-39-1 ATS.
The Celtics won Game 1 85-76 and the Heat only scored 32 points in the second half.
Boston was 3-0 during the regular season against Miami and one of those wins was without KG in the lineup.
In the opening game of the series Heat guards Dwyane Wade and Quenten Richardson combined to score 41 points, but the other starters struggled only scoring a combined 20 points. One player that may benefit the most from KG being out is Jermaine O'Neal, who only had 8 points on 3/14 shooting in Game 1.
Miami shot less than 40% from the floor and committed 19 turnovers in Game 1 and if they come close to those numbers again they will be heading home down 0-2 in the series.
The Celtics won Game 1, but Ray Allen and Paul Pierce did not play very well combining for 26 points on only 6/21 shooting. This duo will have to shoot the rock better tonight, especially without Garnett in the lineup.
Miami only ranked 25th in the league in scoring this season so they cannot allow the Celtics to jump out to a big second half lead like they did in Game 1. Wade will get his points, but the Heat need other players to step up on help him on offense.
Miami is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and Boston is 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 home games against teams with a winning road record.
Other Tuesday NBA Playoff Odds
Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks lead this series 1-0 and in Game 1 they shot over 53% from the field. Even though the Hawks are a little thin inside the Bucks do not have much of a chance since leading scorer and rebounder Andrew Bogut is lost for the season.
Portland Trailblazers at Phoenix Suns
The Blazers shocked the Suns in Game 1 and unless the Suns can regroup and win this game they will be heading to the Valley of the Desert down 0-2.
Oklahoma City Thunder at L.A. Lakers
The Lakers had their problems in the second half of the season, but they are still THE team to beat in the Western Conference and look to take a 2-0 lead in this series tonight.