Chris Bosh may return to action for Miami on Tuesday night. But will his comeback put the sizzle back into the Heat?
It will likely be a game-time decision on whether the All Star forward ends a frustrating three-week spell on the sidelines through injury. But his team can do with all the help they can get after allowing the Celtics to level the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2 with consecutive victories in Boston.
Now it’s back to South Beach for Game 5 with the Heat again with home advantage in what has effectively become a best of three series to determine who heads onward into the Finals. And Miami – still 1.18 to win out and advance - need to rediscover their mojo and prevent their rivals from continuing to build up big leads past the point of no return.
Rajon Rondo has been Boston’s own inferno, with 15 points and as many assists in Sunday’s 93-91 overtime win, his third consecutive double-double. But he’s had plenty of backing from Kevin Garnett with other Celtics chipping in at crucial times. That’s why Bosh’s health status could swing matters one way or the other with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade getting too little consistent help. In two seasons in Miami, the Heat have only been 12-11 in his absence.
Back or not, his team are favourites by 8.0 points this evening and with games in this series decided by an average of 7 so far, it’s worth a punt on Boston on the handicap at 1.91. But go over the total points of 178.5 this time or have a look at the Celtics to score over 85 at 1.91.
There’s been a switch too in the title running after Oklahoma City’s road win in San Antonio on Monday. For the first time, the Thunder have the shortest odds at 2.25. But don’t count out the Spurs quite yet at 5.50 ahead of tomorrow’s Game 6.
Bet of the Day: Go over 178.5 total points in Celtics - Heat