When is two greater than four? When you’re talking about the NBA playoffs, and the two are
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (who rank among the five best players in the league), while the four include a talented but erratic point guard (Rajon Rondo) and three future Hall of Famers (Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett) who are a combined 106 years old and playing their 15th playoff game in 31 days. Not only that, but Pierce and Allen are hobbling around on bum legs.
The Heat toyed with Boston in Monday’s 93-79 Game 1 victory, shooting 50 percent from the
field, holding the Celtics to 39.5 percent and dominating the glass with a 48-33 rebounding edge. This despite the fact James and Wade are essentially doing it alone, with Chris Bosh still sidelined with an abdominal injury. Since a mysterious knee-draining — draining, injection, what’s the difference? — following a dismal five-point, five-turnover effort in Miami’s 94-75 loss at Indiana on May 17, Wade has been reborn, averaging 30.3 points per game in less than 38 minutes of court time. Not surprisingly, the Heat won all four games (three by double digits), while also cashing in each contest.
Miami is 9-2 SU and ATS in its last 11 home games (6-1 SU and ATS at home in the postseason),
and has covered in 16 of its last 21 playoff games as a favorite. Meanwhile, Boston has dropped five of its seven playoff road games, including the last three in a row (0-3 ATS) by an average of 10 ppg. The ancient Celtics are also just 1-6 ATS the last seven times they’ve played after just one day of rest.
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Monday’s Result: Thunder-Spurs OVER 201½ (Win)