Jimmy Butler defended by Derrick White

Could 17, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Warmth ahead Jimmy Butler (22) dribbles towards Boston Celtics guard Derrick White (9) through the second half in sport one of many Jap Convention Finals for the 2023 NBA playoffs at TD Backyard. Obligatory Credit score: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports activities

  • After a Sport 1 street win, the Miami Warmth are 9-point underdogs vs the Boston Celtics in Sport 2
  • Jimmy Butler had 35 factors to steer Miami to a 123-116 win to take a 1-0 sequence lead
  • Don’t miss the newest Warmth vs Celtics Sport 2 odds, a 4-leg Similar-Sport parlay and our betting prediction

After a shocking opening win in Boston to kick off the Jap Convention Finals, the Miami Warmth’s NBA Championship odds shortened to +800.

And but, Miami is getting no respect from the books for the subsequent one, pegged as distant 9-point street ‘canine to the Celtics — a full level greater than Sport 1, after they gained their Third-straight sequence opener in these playoffs, a 123-116 determination.

Sport 2 goes Thursday (Could 19) at 8:30pm ET from TD Backyard in Boston, MA. You may watch the sport dwell on TNT.

Warmth vs Celtics Sport 2 Odds

Group Unfold Moneyline Whole
Miami Warmth +9.0 (-117) +287 O 215.5 (-117)
Boston Celtics -9.0 (-117) -454 U 215.5 (-117)

The NBA traces have the C’s as -454 favorites on the moneyline, an implied win likelihood of 81.95%. After obliterating the full of 210.5 in Sport 1, the full has been bumped by 5 factors to 215.5.

Odds as of Could 18 at Caesars Sportsbook. 

Butler Bests Boston in Sport 1

There’s little question Jimmy Butler has been the most effective participant within the  East’s NBA Playoff Bracket, bar none.

He was the driving power once more as Miami grabbed the 1-0 sequence lead, ending with 35 factors, seven assists, 5 boards, and a playoff career-high six steals.

It was removed from a 1-man present, nonetheless, as Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Kyle Lowry and Caleb Martin every went for 15 factors, and every hit three from three-point vary. Bam Adebayo made it six Warmth gamers in double-figures, potting 20 factors, with eight rebounds and 5 assists.

As a group, Miami shot 54.1% from the sector, together with 16-for-31 from distance, a crisp 51.6% mark.

That was an enormous issue within the win, because the Celtics lead the NBA playoffs in 3-point capturing at 39.3% on over 38 makes an attempt per sport. Boston shot solely 10-for-29, simply 34.5%.

After build up a lead by as many as 13, the Celtics’ protection collapsed, getting outscored 46-25 in game-shifting third quarter, as Miami shot 65.4% from the sector.

Jayson Tatum, coming off a 51-point effort within the sequence finale with Philly, led Boston with 30 factors however was a non-factor within the fourth quarter. He didn’t try a shot, whereas committing three essential turnovers.

Jaylen Brown had 22 factors, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, however he had six turnovers.

Boston did dominate paint scoring, outscoring Miami 62-40, however after relentlessly attacking the paint for 40 first-half factors, they barely cleared half that complete because the Warmth mounted their comeback.

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Miami vs Boston Similar-Sport Parlay

In search of a Similar-Sport parlay so as to add some juice to Sport 2? This 4-legger begins with considered one of our favourite bets these playoffs: Kyle Lowry crossing 18.5 factors/rebounds/assists. He turned the trick in Sport 1, and he’s went over this actual complete 4 occasions within the final 5 video games.

Derrick White had 11 factors final sport, and he’s one of many few C’s that may create offence for himself. Search for him to play a higher position on this sequence.

Warmth vs Celtics Sport 2 Similar-Sport Parlay

Choose Odds
Kyle Lowry OVER 18.5 pts/reb/ast -125
Derrick White OVER 8.5 factors -115
Caleb Martin OVER 1.5 3-pointers made +114
Marcus Sensible UNDER 5.5 assists +102
Similar-Sport Parlay Odds +1300

Caleb Martin has hit a minimum of two triples in 4 of his final six outings, together with a 3-for-7 effort on Wednesday. We’ll tack the plus odds onto this parlay.

Lastly, Marcus Sensible has alternated going over then beneath 5.5 assists for the final six video games. After an 11-dime effort towards  the Warmth, we’ll persist with the pattern.

Warmth vs Celtics Prediction

On this actual situation a yr in the past, Boston pummelled Miami 127-102 in Sport 2.

In these playoffs, the Warmth have adopted a Sport 1 win with a loss. In Spherical 1 towards Milwaukee, they misplaced by 16, and in Spherical 2 towards the Knicks, the Warmth misplaced by six — a sport Butler sat out with an ankle harm.

The C’s do have some bounce-back capacity, going 7-1 towards the unfold of their final eight following a loss.

Nevertheless, Miami has been the wager on this head-to-head, now 14-5 ATS within the final 19 matchups in Boston.

Boston has struggled at house within the playoffs. They’re 4-4 at TD this postseason and 11-11 of their final 22 house playoff video games. In the meantime, the Nuggets, Lakers and Warmth have but to lose at house these playoffs, a mixed 21-0.

At this level, it’s additionally terrifying betting towards Butler. I believe Boston wins, however who thinks they’re beating that Warmth squad by greater than 10?

Choose: Warmth +9 (-117)

Eric Rosales

Sports activities Author & Editor