The Boston Celtics are up 1-0 in their series against the Miami Heat. That’s the good news. The bad news is they won’t have Kevin Garnett for Game 2. Here’s the preview from BroburySports.com:
Boston is a one-point home favorite at Brobury with TNT broadcasting at 8 pm ET.
Other Tuesday odds are:
Milwaukee (+7 ½) at Atlanta – Game 2
Portland (+8 ½) at Phoenix – Game 2
Oklahoma City (+6 ½) at L.A. Lakers – Game 2
Boston (51-32 SU, 34-47-2 ATS) won the home opener, 85-76 as 4 ½-point favorites. It was a good sign as they were just 12-28-1 ATS at home this year.
Garnett was suspended after a mini-brawl last game. It started when Paul Pierce went down with a shoulder injury and trash-talking began with the infamous Quentin Richardson.
Stu Jackson, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, suspended Garnett as contact was made in the head area, which is considered analogous with a punch.
The question for Boston is what happens at power forward? Last year in the playoffs, Boston beat Chicago in the first round and took Orlando to seven games the next without an injured Garnett (knee).
Rasheed Wallace will likely get the start this time, with Glen Davis seeing tons of minutes as well. Wallace is a loud mouth, but he still has some game in his mid 30’s. He’ll also be plenty motivated as will the rest of the Celtics.
Miami (47-36 SU, 42-40-1 ATS) needs more scoring than just Dwyane Wade. He had 26 points in the opener, despite some great defense from Tony Allen. The Heat’ bench didn’t do much in Game 1, which was also a problem.
Miami went 12-1 down the stretch to get the 5th seed. A lot of people (myself included) thought they would continue that momentum in Game 1. They have to win this game without Garnett to make it a series.
Boston has won all four meetings between the teams this year, 'covering' three of them. The one 'cover’ for Miami was by ½-point in Boston in February.
Can the Celtics win without KG?
Bet on it at BroburySports.com.
Posted: 4/20/10 10:25AM ET