Game 3 Pick for Heat vs. Celtics – Saturday, May 21st, 2022
After an emphatic win on Thursday, the Boston Celtics evened up the Eastern Conference Finals to a game apiece. Now the Celtics head back home for the next two games and try and get a series lead.
Miami on the other hand will be trying to steal one on the road like Boston did to them. These two teams ranked 1st and 2nd in the East for a reason and could go round for round. The Heat won Game 1 118-107, but the Celtics had a huge 127-102 win in Game 2.
This should be a very entertaining series, so let’s take a look at the Heat vs. Celtics Game 3 odds for Saturday.
Heat vs. Celtics Odds for Saturday, May 21st, 2022
After a big win in Game 2 on the road, the Celtics find themselves favored to win Game 3 by a good amount. They are favored to win by 6.5 points, which is pretty significant considering that they were underdogs in the first two games of this series.
The point total is also being set around 207.5 for this game as well. Both of the first two games of the series have hit the over by a good margin, so it will be interesting to see if this line moves up a bit before gametime.
The Heat have two important players on the injury list for this game.
Derrick White missed Game 2 for personal reasons (baby), but he is going to be back in the lineup for Game 3. That will be another nice boost for Boston, giving them even more reason to be favored.
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Heat vs. Celtics Matchup Preview
Everything is going in Boston’s direction as we head into Game 3. Their 25-point blowout win in Game 2 allowed them to rest their key players in the 4th quarter. Boston actually led the game by 34 at one point.
Miami might be without Lowry and Tucker for this game, so they are going to have to rely on more of their bench and other key players.
Being at home is always a huge advantage, especially in the playoffs. Boston might have even been favored to win this game if it was in Miami, so their chances of winning this one seem rather high.
Boston didn’t have Al Horford or Marcus Smart in Game 1, but they were able to return for Game 2.
Marcus Smart saw green in Game 2, dropping 24 points and setting a Playoff career-high with 12 dimes to lead the @celtics to the win! #BleedGreen@smart_MS3: 24 PTS, 9 REB, 12 AST, 3 STL, 5 3PM— NBA (@NBA) May 20, 2022
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It made a huge difference, as Marcus Smart nearly triple-doubled (24 points, 9 rebounds, 12 assists) and Horford went 4/4 from the field. Their impact in the lineup was a big reason why the Celtics looked much better in this game.
Getting Derrick White could mean that they look even better for this game as well. They lost by 11 in Game 1, but it could have been much worse since they didn’t have Smart or Horford.
As we saw in last year’s playoffs, health is incredibly important. It could have been an entirely different story last year if every team was healthy. Boston is definitely the healthier team for Game 3, so they could take advantage of that.
Jimmy Butler has been doing all that he can in this year’s playoffs, but Miami needs a whole lot more. Boston is an incredibly gifted team on both ends of the court, so they are going to have to play lights out if they want to pull off the upset.
Same Game Parlay for Heat vs. Celtics on Saturday
Before we get into our pick for the game, let’s make a Same Game Parlay for Heat vs. Celtics Game 3. These 4 picks have the combined odds of (+900) on Bovada. That means a $100 bet would cash into $1,000 if all 4 legs hit.
I already mentioned how the over has hit in the first two games by a wide margin. I’m expecting the points to shift a little bit before game time, so get these odds while you still can.
Jaylen Brown has dropped 24 points exactly in his first two games. Game 2 was a blowout and he still was able to get the job done. If this one’s any closer, he should be able to get even more shots up.
Marcus Smart took a whopping 22 shots in Game 2, which was his most in a game since March 28th. I doubt he shoots that much again, which also means more shots available for Brown.
Smart should be more than capable of hitting 3 threes in this game though. He attempted 12 in Game 1 and hit 5. He’s also hit this over in 3 of his last 4 games. The plus odds for this bet seem too good to be true as well.
Jimmy Butler has really turned it on in the scoring department in this year’s playoffs. Of players still active in the playoffs, he ranks second in points per game with 29.8. He dropped an incredible 41 points in 41 minutes in Game 1 and another 29 in Game 2.
The line could move up here too, so get these odds while you can.
Heat vs. Celtics Pick for Game 3 on 5/21/2022
Boston Celtics to Win & Over 207.5+155
If you haven’t noticed by now, I think the Celtics have a very strong chance of winning this game. Their spread seems reasonable at -6.5 (-110), but I found a better bet odds-wise.
This one only needs the Celtics to win outright plus the over to hit. Both games have hit the over pretty comfortably already in this series, including the blowout game.
If P.J Tucker misses this game, they could be even more in trouble. There might even be some serious blowout potential in this game given how some games have gone in this year’s playoffs.
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