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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Eastern Conference Finals (Orlando)
(1-0) Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics (0-1)
Date: Thursday, September 17th, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – AdventHealth Center | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Heat +125 | Celtics -132
NBA Betting Odds: Heat +2.5 | Celtics -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals got pushed to overtime with the Miami Heat defeating the Boston Celtics 117-114.
In what is likely to be a series where every game is close the Celtics will try to even the series with Game 2 tipping off at 7:00 p.m. EST Thursday at the AdventHealth Center.
Despite getting out to a slow start the Heat took the second and fourth quarters and once the game got to overtime they were the club who stayed aggressive.
Jimmy Butler was kept in check for the majority of the match but once closing time hit he took over hitting a critical 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining in regulation and finished with 20 points.
Despite having less rest the Celtics jumped on the Heat early and did something they were unable to do against the Raptors by winning the third quarter.
But instead of staying aggressive offensively in the fourth frame and overtime the Celtics seemingly stopped moving to allow the Heat to erase a 14 point lead to force overtime.
Boston coughed up the lead and got lucky when a Marcus Smart flop on an inbound play allowed the Celtics to shoot a free throw, tie the game and force overtime. Jayson Tatum was spectacular delivering another double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds.
Kemba Walker continues to struggle on both sides of the ball and if he can’t figure out how to start scoring it makes the Celtics job that much more difficult.
Marcus Smart came out firing from deep collecting 26 points in the game while Walker (19), Jaylen Brown (17), and Brad Wannamaker (11) providing double-figure scoring.
Gordon Hayward remains on the injured list and is doubtful to play in Game 2.
NBA Betting Trends:
- MIA are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Over is 5-2-1 in MIA last 8 games as an underdog.
- Under is 8-2 in BOS last 10 overall.
- Under is 8-2 in BOS last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Over is 6-2 in BOS last 8 games as a home favorite.
- Underdog is 22-6 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
Free Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
While the Celtics could have easily won the opening game of the series they should be a bit concerned given Duncan Robinson was held in check scoring only six points as he was in foul trouble most of the match.
Equally concerning is Kemba Walker’s struggles from the previous series have carried over and the Heat have more effective reserves they can utilize.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics -2.5
That said, it feels like the Celtics will take the lessons they learned against the Raptors and come out extremely aggressive in this second game to ensure they even up the series. Look for the big three of Boston (Tatum, Brown, and Walker) to all have big games.
***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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