Game 4 Eastern Conference Final
8:30 PM EST, ESPN
After beating the Celtics twice in Miami and with the 2nd game being in an epic overtime thriller, I thought that Boston would be dead for game 3 with their old legs and the Heat would wear them out in the 2nd half (basically I thought the series was over). Naturally I was wrong and the Celtics came out and thumped the Heat led by KG who dominated the Heat’s bigs. The Celtics are going to need another game like that tonight if they want to win again though because even though they romped in game 3, I still think the Heat are the better team by a solid margin. The 2 key players for the Celts are KG and Rondo because they both are much better than anybody that the Heat have at those respective positions so they basically need to control the game in order for Boston to win this one.
The green machine will have the home crowd on their side so obviously that will be a help but the odds makers still have the Heat at -2 for this game so they believe the Heat are the favorites. I tend to agree with them and not only because I predicted the Heat in 5 to start the series but I just think that Boston had too much pride to be swept and the Heat knew they just had to win 1 in Boston to assure they wouldn’t return. Well this game is that one because they don’t want to leave Boston tied 2-2 and have this be a 3 game series because than anything can really happen. Not a lot of X and O analysis here but I just think the Heat will want to take care of business tonight so they can finish off the series in Miami and I’m not sure there is much the Celtics can do to stop them. I’ll be rooting for the Heat, but I’m picking the Celtics.
Pick: Miami 98 Boston 92