Date/Time: June 9th, 8:30 PM EST
NBA Betting Odds from Bookmaker
ATS: Miami -7.5
NBA Betting Game Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games on the road
- Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Boston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Miami
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing Miami
- Miami is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games
- Miami is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
- Miami is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Miami’s last 25 games at home
Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals takes place on Saturday night in South Beach, when the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat battle it out in NBA betting action for the right to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals.
It would seem as though the Celtics are down and out after blowing a 3-2 series lead on their home court. That being said, Boston has had a good history in Game 7s, and this might not be an exception. Of course, the way that Game 6 ended really had to just kill the Celtics. The team shot just 32-of-75 from the floor in what amounted to be the worst shooting performance of the series, and there was simply no answer for LeBron James on the other end of the court. The starters, that have been just so darn good for the Celtics in this series, were obliterated in Game 6. Rajon Rondo did have 21 points and 10 assists, but he had seven turnovers as well. Paul Pierce shot just 4-of-18 from the field and 0-of-6 from beyond the arc. He ended the night with just nine points and five rebounds, and that isn’t going to cut it to say the least. Kevin Garnett had just five boards and 12 points, while Ray Allen only hit one three pointer and scored 10.
Meanwhile back in South Beach, the Heat have to have their swagger back, and it has to be frightening to the rest of the league to know that they played as well as they did in Game 6. There was a ton of media on the case of King James, who was figured to be a player that couldn’t get the job done when his team’s back was against the wall. Oh yeah? Is that how he shot 19-of-26 from the field and put up 45 points to go with his 15 boards and five assists? The team didn’t end up getting that much from Dwyane Wade, who had just 17 points, and Chris Bosh only had seven points and six boards in his 28 minutes on the floor. Bosh is expected to be back in the starting lineup on Saturday, which would put Udonis Haslem or Shane Battier back on the bench. Both put together some good minutes in Game 6 though, which has to be a positive sign for the Heat.
Miami is going to be the team that everyone wants to back on Saturday, but we just don’t think that that is the right call. Boston has the goods to win this game, and though we don’t know whether it will get the job done or not, we do think that it is at least going to force this to be quite the close game. We think that this could be an epic battle to get to the NBA Finals.
Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat Game 7 Pick: Boston Celtics +7.5
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