One day, the NHL will figure out that having a week-long gap between playoff rounds destroys the momentum and excitement the first two rounds creates. While we understand arena availabilities are a factor, the NHL has a history of waiting for an entire round to be completed and adhering to a strict post-season schedule, which creates significant gaps and lapses in attention on the quest to claim Lord Stanley’s Cup.
With the NHL Eastern Conference Finals starting Thursday night, we’re returning to the same-game parlay again, as we won’t be shifting our focus to baseball until the NBA and NHL playoffs are completed.
Last night, we built our same-game parlay around a triple-double machine leading his team to victory. Nikola Jokić had another triple-double, powering the Denver Nuggets to a 132-126 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in game one of the Western Conference finals.
Checking our picks from yesterday, we successfully predicted the Nuggets would win on home court and that the game would pass the total goals line of 222.5, which the Nuggets and Lakers did with ease.
However, we selected Denver to follow the trends and cover the spread of 6.5 points. The hook sides with the Lakers, handing us a loss and tossing our parlay in the trash. We’re now 2-6-1 on individual picks this week and 0-3 on parlays.
Still, we remain persistent and focused on our quest to regain our parlay blog championships. Our focus today is game one of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.
Miami Heat over Boston Celtics (+300)
The Heat have a 20-27 road record, while the Celtics have a 36-12 home record.
However, the Heat of the regular season that lost the first game of the play-in tournament is not the same Heat team we’re seeing in the playoffs. Miami has a 3-3 road record in the playoffs. Boston has a 4-3 record on home court, including dropping game one at home to the Philadelphia 76ers.
These two teams split the head-to-head season series 2-2, with each team going 1-1 on the road.
We believe in Jimmy Butler and Heat culture. We’re taking the Miami Heat to win game one in Boston.
Miami Heat +8 over Boston Celtics (-110)
The Heat have a 39-52-2 ats record, while the Celtics have a 53-41-1 ats record this season.
The favorite covered the spread in three of the four games, with Miami pulling off the upset and covering the spread in the December 2nd matchup.
Miami is 13-5 ats in the previous 18 games in Boston.
We’re taking the Heat to win, and as the moneyline underdog, they’ll need to cover the spread to do that.
Miami Heat versus Boston Celtics Under 211.0 (-115)
Miami has a 49-44 over/under record, while Boston has a 51-43-1 over/under record.
Miami and Boston combined for a 2-2 over/under record, hitting over 225 total points twice and under 220.5 twice.
The Heat and Celtics both have 7-3 over/under records in the last ten games.
The over is 8-2 in the previous ten meetings in Boston.
While all four regular season games have surpassed 211 points, both teams have been playing in slower-paced, lower-scoring games recently.
We’re taking game one to hit the under.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.