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The Miami Heat won another postseason game as underdogs Tuesday, moving to 4-0 both outright and against the spread when getting points in the playoffs. Will they make it 5-0 on Thursday, or will the Boston Celtics even up the series?
Here's all the betting info you need for Game 2.
Early money came in on Boston and the under. The Celtics got a slight bump up from -2 to -2.5, while the total dipped a full point from 209.5 to 208.5. Game 1 cleared the closing total of 209.5, the first over between the two clubs in the last five meetings.
The market might be onto something by hitting the under early: The Celtics and Heat have played extremely slow throughout the playoffs, both averaging fewer than 100 possessions per game.
The Heat just won't go away. Even when they trailed by double digits in Game 1's fourth quarter, they never wavered. That's the kind of fight you want in an underdog, and Miami's been perfect in this role during the postseason.
The Heat are a great shooting team. In fact, they were No. 1 in the league in true shooting percentage and effective field goal percentage during the regular season. However, they owned the paint in Game 1, outscoring Boston 48-26.
That's pretty unconventional for an offense that's dead-last in the NBA in paint points per game, but Miami may have found an edge down low.
I don't think Boston minus the points was a bad play Tuesday despite the result. Head coach Brad Stevens nearly improved to 9-1 overall in playoff openers, had it not been for a late surge by the Heat, who won in overtime.
Don't be surprised if Boston bounces back. The franchise is usually a solid bet when it needs to rebound, evident by going 6-0-1 against the spread following an ATS loss.
(Odds source: theScore Bet)
Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer for theScore. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 12 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AJKolodziej.