Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Odds Game 1: Tonight in the Eastern Conference Finals opener the Miami Heat will face the ever resilient Boston Celtics in Miami at 8:30 PM ET. The Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Odds Game 1 have the Heat as weighty -8 favorites and our NBA picks staff broke down the match-up to see if the heavy “chalk” is warranted. Miami dropped three out of four to the Celtics in the regular season and were given all they could handle by Indiana in a 4-2 series win. The Celtics were taken to the wire by Philadelphia in their semi-finals but managed to win game 7 by a healthy 10 point margin.
The Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Odds Game 1 spread has Miami at -8 sports odds
Vegas Sports Picks Analysis: Miami is not the same team without Chris Bosh and although the oddsmakers value Bosh for only 1-2 points on their power ratings we value him at 3.0-3.5 points. From strictly a power ratings standpoint our NBA picks staff has the Heat at only -6 sports odds to beat Boston. Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett has playing with his hair on fire and explosive point guard Rajon Rondo will be disruptive as usual against a Heat defense that goes in and out of focus. The Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Odds Game 1 have the Total at 180.0 points.
The Celtics will be playing on short rest but the fatigue factor probably will not affect the aging group until later in the series. The Celtics are a good team to back with their leadership, experience and coaching. Miami will feature their two man LeBron James and Dwayne Wade highlight show but the Celtics play better as a team.
Vegas Sports Picks Play: Boston Celtics +8 Sports Odds (1 UNIT $1000 to win $900)