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NBA Playoff Odds – Celtics, Heat get ready for Round 2

Written by Matt Stevens   
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 07:57

NBA Playoffs Odds - Heat vs Celtics oddsBasketball betting players must have thought that they were watching a boxing match or a UFC betting contest as Boston and Miami got physical in Game 1, resulting in a suspension for one of the Celtics’ “Big Three”. The two will meet for Game 2 on Tuesday, and the Heat will need to keep their heads cool to earn a split in Beantown. 

Heat vs Celtics odds – Tuesday, April 20, 8:00 PM ET

Quentin Richardson had 15 points in Miami’s 85-76 loss, but his biggest contribution came late in the fourth quarter, when he got involved with Boston’s Kevin Garnett. Richardson was tangled up with Paul Pierce, and Garnett came to his teammate’s defense. A scrum ensued and Garnett elbowed Richardson in the face to earn a one-game suspension. The Heat will be happy to see Garnett gone as they shot 39.7% from the field, and outside of Richardson and 26 points from Dwyane Wade, no Miami player scored more than eight points. The Heat was also thumped 52-36 in the paint.

 

Pierce paced the Celtics with 16 points, while Garnett had 15 points and nine boards as the Celtics held the Heat to 10 points in the fourth quarter. It was another solid all-around performance from Rajon Rondo as well as the point guard had 10 points, 10 boards and seven assists for the Celtics, who went to the foul line 15 more times than the Heat.  But now the Celtics are faced with a dilemma as they have to replace Garnett on Tuesday, and the starting role will probably go to Glen Davis, who had eight points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. But that also means more minutes for Rasheed Wallace, who has been the biggest free-agent disappointment of the season. 

NBA odds should favor the Celtics at home as they have now beaten the Heat six straight times in Boston, but they’ll have to do it without their defensive leader, and the duo of Davis and Wallace aren’t nearly as good on that end of the floor as KG is. The Heat have struggled in Boston, but they have the ability to turn it around as their Game 1 loss was their first on the road in nine games. Look for the Heat to be more aggressive in the paint, and they should look to get Jermaine O’Neal going early. Wade will try to get into the lane, but he can’t do it all by himself, and someone else is going to have to put the ball in the hoop. Look for the Heat to end their Beantown skid on Tuesday night. 

Bet NBA playoffs: Miami Heat

 
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