The NBA Eastern Conference Finals sure got interesting quickly. After the Miami Heat dominated the first two games of the series, the Celtics responded with a pair of wins in Boston. Now, a pivotal Game 5 for both teams is quickly becoming one of the most talked about NBA games of the year.
Right now, all signs still seem to say Chris Bosh will not play for the Heat. He is technically still listed as a game-time decision though. Whether they have him or not though, the Heat should emerge as the victors.
Frankly, the Heat are just a different team at home. The oddsmakers know that, making Miami 7.5.-point favorites. The question then quickly becomes, can they cover?
I don’t think Boston can win the game, but I do believe they can keep it close. They know that this is a huge game if they want to make it all the way to the NBA Finals. Winning a Game 5 could easily put them in position to close it out in Boston.
Miami almost won Game 4 on the road without much from Dwyane Wade. If Wade can play like his normal self, the Heat should grind out a tough victory at home. Just don’t expect them to win by eight or more points.
Pick: Boston Celtics (+7.5), over (179)