Daily Broke: Celtics +8 at Heat

Nothing like losing an “under” bet in baseball before the stadium lights take effect. The Dodgers and Phillies on Monday combined for six runs before the end of the third inning (then put up a series of goose eggs until L.A. scored in the top of the ninth to win 4-3). Note to self: Stop playing baseball totals. Note to you: If ignore the previous note, go opposite of me.

Back to the NBA playoffs today, as I’m leaping onto the anti-Heat bandwagon, which is moving at
the speed of a Lamborghini following Miami’s lackluster performances in Boston. After pulling out a lucky 115-111 overtime home win in Game 2, the Heat traveled north and got spanked 101-91 in Game 3 as a 2½-point underdog (the Celtics led by as many as 24 in the second half) and fell 93-91 in overtime in Game 4 as a two-point favorite (the Celtics raced out to a 21-6 lead). These teams have now met eight times this season, and Boston is 5-3 straight-up and 7-1 against the spread. The only time Miami prevailed by more than eight points? A 93-79 victory in Game 1 of this series—when the Celtics were 48 hours removed from finishing off a grueling seven-game series against Philadelphia.

True, Chris Bosh is due to return to Miami’s lineup tonight after missing the last nine games
with an abdominal injury. Which only raises the question: Is Bosh coming back because he’s healthy, or is he coming back because the Heat are desperate? I’m taking what’s behind door No. 2.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆

Monday’s Result: Dodgers-Phillies UNDER 6½ (Loss) 

Record: 11-10