Date/Time: June 3, 8:30 PM EST
NBA Betting Odds from BetDSI
ATS: Miami -1
NBA Betting Game Trends
- Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Miami’s last 24 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami’s last 6 games
- Miami is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Miami’s last 12 games on the road
- Boston is 14-6-1 ATS in its last 21 games at home
- Boston is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston’s last 9 games when playing Miami
- Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Miami
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston’s last 8 games when playing at home against Miami
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals kicks off for NBA betting fans on Sunday afternoon in Beantown, where the Boston Celtics are taking on the Miami Heat in an effort to try to level this series at two games apiece.
Miami finally found itself on the short end of the stick for the first time in five games in Game 3 in this series, as it was beaten down in the middle quarters before staging a bit of a comeback to make the final score look respectable. In that stretch, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and the crew were outscored 55-35, and the game never really looked the same. Wade shot just 9-of-20 from the field and had 18 points, which really isn’t good enough at this level with Chris Bosh out of the fold. LeBron James went off for 35 points with eight boards and five assists, but he hit just 1-of-5 from the foul line, a problem that the Heat had all night long. They ended up hitting just half of their free throws for the game, and they were dominated on the glass. This was really the first game in the postseason that we have seen the Heat get beaten on a night in which the role players really did well. Mario Chalmers had 14 points, while Mike Miller knocked down a trio of three-pointers to help out as well. Of course, Shane Battier went 0-of-6 from the floor, while Ronny Turiaf had just three points and three boards as the team’s starting center.
If the Celtics do come back to win this series, they are going to really have Rajon Rondo to thank. He has absolutely been a man on a mission this entire postseason, and he arguably is the MVP of the entire playoffs, regardless of team. He scored 21 points and had 10 assists and six boards in game 3, and he was the best player on the court once again for the boys in green and white. Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 11 boards, while Paul Pierce had 23 points. It was good to see Pierce staying out of foul trouble in this one after fouling out in Game 2, just as it was good to see Ray Allen holding his own against the rest of the Heat players for 38 minutes. The vet had just 10 points and five boards, but he wasn’t a major defensive liability, and that was the big difference in the game.
What we have noticed in this series is that scoring really is up. Of course, when you look at the way the Heat and the Celtics play, it really feels like the ‘totals’ should be in the 170s, not at 180. In the end, we think that this is going to be the game that the pace really slows down. Don’t figure upon either of these teams getting into the 90s in this one.
Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics Game 4 Pick: Miami/Boston Under 180
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