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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Eastern Conference Finals (Orlando)
(1-2) Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat (2-1)
Date: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – AdventHealth Center | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -150 | Heat +140
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -3.0 | Heat +3.0
NBA Betting Total: 210.5
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The Boston Celtics will attempt to even up the Eastern Conference Finals with the Miami Heat after pulling out a Game 3 victory. Both teams got a much-needed rest after playing every other day since the onset of the playoffs.
The return of Gordon Hayward gave the Celtics a viable reserve option allowing the club to keep size on the court more typical to their regular season style when most teams struggled to stop all the wing options the Celtics can throw on the floor at any one time.
The Heat is typically a team with the best conditioning on the hardwood but late in the Game 3 match, it was the Miami players who were hanging onto their shorts.
Allowing clubs to build double-digit leads and having to come back has taken a toll on the Heat so a few extra days off were needed especially for leaders Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo as well as vets Goran Dragic Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk.
Six Heat players hit double-digit figures with Adebayo leading the way with a massive double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds.
Rookie Tyler Herro continues to be unfazed by the brighter spotlight of the conference finals scoring 22 points along with four rebounds and four assists.
Butler (17), Duncan Robinson (13), Dragic (11), and Crowder (10) were the other double-figure scorers.
Chris Silva (groin/fracture in pubic bone) is the only Heat player out for Wednesday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 12-4 in BOS last 16 overall.
- MIA are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
- Underdog is 23-7 ATS in the last 30 meetings.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
The extra rest will be welcomed by both squads but may be more beneficial to Miami who have several vets the Heat relies on for their defensive effort specifically. Also, allowing Erik Spoelstra (one of the better coaches to make quick adjustments) extra days will serve Miami well.
As for the Celtics, they survived the much harder semi-finals series pushed to the distance versus a physical, defensive Raptors squad so getting some extra rest will allow their entire squad to get some much needed R and R.
Additionally, Gordon Hayward who just returned from injury will be happy to get in some extra conditioning as he was gassed several times in Game 3.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics -3.0
The Celtics need to win this match to even the series as falling behind 1-3 in the series would be a difficult hole to dig out of. The key for the Heat is not to fall behind by double-digits while the key for the Celtics is to play consistent defense and rebound well for all 48 minutes.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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