NBA Betting – Heat Dispatch of 76ers in Five Games

May 30, 2011 NBA Basketball

Now the real playoffs begin for the Miami Heat in NBA betting after they dispatched of the Philadelphia 76ers four games to one.

Miami will be playing the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs and that is a series that many who make an NBA bet are looking forward to watching.

Miami Wins but Doesn’t Cover
The Heat beat Philadelphia four games to one but Miami didn’t really impress anyone that made an NBA bet.  The Heat won Game 5 by a score of 97-91 but didn’t cover the spread and in the series Miami only covered two of the five games.  The Heat got 26 points from Dwyane Wade on Wednesday while Chris Bosh scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Mario Chalmers added 20 points while LeBron James had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand had 22 points each for Philadelphia while Thaddeus Young added 13. The Heat was able to beat Philly but it was not easy.  LeBron James was awful in the first half as he had just three points which was a career playoff low for him.

Heat vs. Celtics
Miami has been waiting for this series really since the season began. The Heat knows that to win the Eastern Conference they have to go through Boston.  Chicago is the top seed but Miami has been looking forward to playing the Celtics.  Boston took three of four games in the regular season and they have been sitting and waiting for the Heat since beating New York in the first round. The Heat learned some things in the series against Philadelphia and it will be interesting to see their starting lineup against Boston.  Mike Bibby and Zydrunas Ilgauskas have been awful while Mario Chalmers and Joel Anthony have been far better.  Both players were very important in the Game 5 win. Bibby may have seen the last of his major playing time as he didn’t play in Game 5 after coming out just four minutes in.

Heat -160 vs. Celtics
Miami is a -160 favorite in NBA betting at SBG to win the series against Boston. That price is based on the home court advantage that Miami will have in the best-of-seven games series.