Two of the top teams in NBA betting in the Eastern Conference clash on Tuesday night in South Beach, where the Miami Heat take on the Boston Celtics.
The C’s are hot right now, and they are atop the Atlantic Division hoping to continue to move up in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Catching Miami is out of the question at this point, but it is imperative for the team to be able to with the division and at least get into the No. 4, if not the No. 3 hole. Home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs is going to be paramount in the East, and with so many teams knotted so closely together, that could (and probably will) be the difference between teams winning and losing in the first round of the playoffs. A 103-79 win over the Philadelphia 76ers was crucial two nights ago for the Celtics. It was a great offensive game against a team that plays stout defense. Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett, and Avery Bradley all came up with at least 17 points, and they all shot the ball incredibly well from the field. Bradley has been starting at times in place of Ray Allen, who is coming off of the bench now at the tail end of his career.
Miami has to be careful about keeping its eye on the prize in this one. The team has a big showdown with the Chicago Bulls on national television on Thursday night, and it isn’t going to want to essentially be checked out for this one before ever getting on the plane to the Windy City. A 97-82 romp of a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at home a few nights ago was a wakeup call though, and the Heat responded by blowing out of the Detroit Pistons two nights ago by 23 points. Dwyane Wade sat that one out, but both LeBron James and Chris Bosh had big nights, combining for 48 points between them. Wade is expected to be back for this one on Tuesday after missing a string of games. James has played like an MVP all season long, but especially in Wade’s absence. It will be interesting to see how these two mesh now that they are going to be sharing the basketball once again with both healthy.
The Final Word: Miami might be in some trouble in this one. This is a very winnable game for the Celtics by itself, but we love the scheduling spot even more. Though it is probably a more important game for the Heat, we think that Boston is going to be able to take its talent to South Beach and come away with an upset that will send a real message to the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat Free Pick: Boston Celtics
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