Betting basketball handicappers and fans will see a series that is based on two excellent teams of contrasting styles that will make for a challenging NBA sports betting handicap.
The Miami Heat will host the Boston Celtics in game 1 of their best of seven Eastern Conference Semi Final series. Tipoff time on Sunday is set for 3:30 PM ET and the game will be telecast on ABC. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup so be sure to open your account today for all of the excitement and action!
Boston is the 3 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs while Miami is the 2 seed. Miami will have 4 home games in the series including the first two games.
Miami is coming off a 4-1 win in games in their first round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers although they covered the NBA playoffs odds in just 2 of those games. The Heat were one of the most balanced teams in the NBA as they ranked 8th in the NBA for scoring offense and 6th in the league for points allowed on defense.
LeBron James led Miami in the first round with 24.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Dwayne Wade added 22.2 points per game and Chris Bosh had 19.8 points per game.
The Celtics beat the New York Knicks 4-1 in games in the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics beat the NBA betting odds in 3 of their 5 games against New York. Boston was the number one ranked team in the NBA for defense this season but their offense ranked only 23rd. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen each had 22 points per game in the first round against New York.
Boston has dominated this head to head series with 17 payouts in the last 19 matchups between these two teams. The Celtics won and covered 3 of the 4 betting basketball matchups between themselves and Miami this season as 3 of those games went under the total.
Boston has covered 9 of their last 12 games at Miami with 4 of the last 5 games between the teams in Miami going over the total.