Heat's balanced scoring effort may be too much for Celtics, plus other best bets for Thursday

Good afternoon sports fans, it’s Chris Bengel back with you for the last time today. Wednesday’s action definitely didn’t dissatisfy us, and we’ll be searching for more of the very same tonight.

I’m still attempting to recuperate from the high-scoring affair that we saw in between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. It’s not every day that you see groups integrate to score 15 objectives in an NHL video game, not to mention a postseason match. The Flames scored 2 objectives in the very first 51 seconds and even took a 5-1 benefit in the 2nd duration. Still, the Oilers handled to connect the video game early in the 3rd duration and it was a furious surface that saw the Flames triumphed. It was among the more ridiculous Stanley Cup Playoff video games that I’ve ever experienced, so I can’t wait to see more of that series.

We’ve got more NBA and NHL postseason action on Thursday, so let’s dive right into the choices!

All times Eastern, and all chances by means of Caesars Sportsbook

The Hot Ticket

Celtics vs. Heat, 8:30 p.m. | TELEVISION: TNT

Latest Odds:

Miami Heat

  • Key Trend: The Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 video games as a house favorite
  • The Pick: Heat -3 (-110) 

The Celtics were obstructed by the reality that they lacked the services of guard Marcus Smart and center Al Horford in Game 1. Boston will likely have Smart back in the lineup, as he’s presently noted as possible for Game 2. In addition, Horford is likewise readily available for Boston. 

But even with getting that set back, I’m still positive that the Heat will have the ability to protect a 2-0 series lead.

The Heat have actually been prospering when using their house flooring since late. Miami has a 5-0 mark ATS in their last 5 video games when dealing with a group that has a winning roadway record. The Celtics have actually collected a 27-20 record when using the roadway this season. In addition, the Heat are likewise 7-2 ATS over their last 9 video games when dealing with a group that has an above .600 winning portion. Oh, and they’re 9-3 ATS over their last 12 Eastern Conference Final contests. The patterns are definitely in Miami’s favor.

Miami’s well balanced scoring effort has actually been the story throughout most of the postseason. In Game 1, 5 Heat gamers completed in double figures, consisting of Tyler Herro breaking in 18 points off the bench. The Heat simply have excessive firepower for me to go anywhere however their side of spread up until I’m tested incorrect.

One more Celtics-Heat choice 

The Pick: Jimmy Butler Over 26.5 Points (-105)The Heat have actually gotten some incredible production from a number of members of their rotation throughout the playoffs, however no Heat gamer has actually been more deadly than Jimmy Butler. Butler is coming off a 41-point efficiency in which he linked on 12 of his 19 basket efforts — which’s without drilling a single 3.

Over his last 5 video games, Butler has actually signed up a minimum of 27 points in 4 of those contests. During the 2021-22 postseason, the veteran swingman has actually eclipsed the 27-point mark in 6 of 11 video games, and he’s topped the 30-point plateau ins all 6 of those video games. Butler has actually been exceptionally aggressive on both ends of the flooring and can quickly turn defense into offense. I anticipate that pattern to continue and Butler ought to clear this number.

Key Trend: Butler has actually scored a minimum of 27 points in 4 of his last 5 video games


Lightning at Panthers, 7 p.m. | TELEVISION: TNT

Latest Odds:

Florida Panthers

The Pick: Panthers (-170) — I’m returning to the well with this one. Despite taking a 1-0 lead in Game 1, the Panthers faded down the stretch and the Lightning took one on the roadway. They had the ability to do so even without the services of star winger Brayden Point, who missed out on Game 1 due to a lower-body injury. Point will be out once again for Game 2.

First of all, the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Panthers can’t pay for to fall under a 2-0 hole with the series moving to Tampa Bay after Game 2. With a group as deep and gifted as the Lightning are, it would be rather the uphill struggle if the Panthers fell back 2-0. In addition, Florida has actually been an outright juggernaut in your home throughout the 2021-22 season. The Panthers have actually won 4 of their last 5 video games when they’re preferred in your home. Florida likewise has a 48-12 record in their last 60 house video games.

The story for Game 2 is going to need to be whether the Panthers can be more disciplined. In Game 1, the Panthers acquired 14 charge minutes and, as an outcome, the Lightning scored 3 of their 4 objectives on the man-advantage. During the routine season, the Lightning have the second-most charge minutes (882) while the Panthers signed up the sixth-most charge minutes (822). Game 2 might boil down to which group’s unique groups system increases to the event, however I’ll take the Panthers to get better.

Key Trend: The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 championship game as a preferred

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