Past Expert Picks
Miami @ Boston | 09/17 | 11:00 PM UTC
The Celtics are kicking themselves after letting Game 1 get away, and I think they bounce back with a Game 2 win. Look for a little better focus and execution from Boston, which should put the Celts over the hump. But I don't like laying the points in what should be a close game, so I'm playing the money line.
The Miami Heat are 9-1 in the postseason thanks to stout defense in second halves. They’ve also had an uncanny team chemistry to rely on and several different hot hands in key stretches. Expect the Heat to carry over the confidence of game one’s victory into another strong performance Thursday.
I'm starting to come around on the idea of just never betting against the Miami Heat. While they were only 2-6 ATS in their eight "regular season" games in the bubble, they've been a covering machine since the playoffs started. In 11 playoff games, the Heat are 10-1 ATS (!). The only time they didn't cover was Game Four against Milwaukee. That night, the Heat were two-point underdogs and lost by three. So they're a basket away from being 11-0 ATS in the postseason. Meanwhile, the Celtics have only managed to cover twice in the last six games they've been favored.
The Heat once again are underdogs despite having won Game 1. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic have been a potent scoring duo throughout the playoffs, and the Celtics are an excellent matchup for Bam Adebayo given their lack of size up front. This should be another close game that Miami very well could win, so I’ll take the points.
The Heat are both 9-1 SU and ATS in the playoffs. Their only defeat was a three-point OT loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Miami is playing its best basketball of the season and the team is healthy with a deep bench. The Heat are a tough matchup for the Celtics. These two teams are very similar in style of play, but the Heat dominated the paint in Game 1 and shot 47 percent from the field. Miami has several scorers that can beat opponents from beyond the arc. The Heat will once again will try to push the tempo. I’m not a big fan of the zig-zag theory, but some big action has come in on Boston. Either way, it will be close.