The scene will move to Boston in the Eastern conference Finals as the Miami Heat face the Celtics from game three of their best of seven NBA playoff series. The Heat and Celtics will begin from Boston at 8:30PM Eastern Time and its ESPN providing the live national television broadcast.
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At press time the pointspread for game three is lined at a pick.
Game one went to the Miami Heat as the club responded well in the second half that led to a 93-79 home win as a -8 point favorite. The Heat outscored Boston by 14 points in the second half in victory. Miami shot 50% while Boston could only manage 39.5% from the floor in the loss.
Game two was an overtime affair that saw Miami prevail in end for a 115-111 home win as a -7 ½ point betting favorite. The game went over 178 ½ points. After building up a 15 point lead the Celtics lost control of the game in the third quarter but regroup in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to force the overtime period. The Celtics return home after wasting a 49.4% shooting performance and a monster game from Rajon Rondo who produced 44 points and ten assists on 16 of 24 shooting. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combined for 39 points in the loss. The Celtics bench fell flat with just seven points in the game two defeat. This old Boston team must regroup for travel and a game on Friday night with just one day of rest. Dating back since their game seven win against Philadelphia the Boston Celtics play their fourth game in seven days.
Miami got 23 points from Wade and 34 points from James. The Heat got much needed production from the supporting cast. Mario Chalmers had 22 points along with six rebounds on 8 of 16 shooting. Udonis Haslem gave the Heat good energy from its bench with 13 points along with 11 rebounds. Miami was fortunate to get away with missing 16 of 47 free throw attempts.
Boston is trending very well at home as they have covered the spread in 8 of their past 9 meetings with Miami. Boston is 14-1 straight up in their past 15 home games against the Miami Heat.