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NBA Picks: May 21

By Lior Lampert

With the Celtics at full strength, Game 2 was a completely different story. The Celtics  had a great overall team performance while the Heat couldn’t give Jimmy Butler any help. Now the series heads to Boston with the Celtics claiming home court advantage for the remaining five games.

The Heat simply need more from Bam Adebayo. They cannot win with him averaging eight points per game throughout the series and they must find ways to get him going. He is averaging just five field goal attempts per game through these two games compared to his 13 per game throughout the regular season. Jimmy Butler continued to lead the way with 29 points for Miami, but no other player scored more than 14 points. On the other end, the Celtics trio of Tatum / Brown / Smart combined for 75 points. What will Miami do to slow down the Celtics dangerous trio?

Marcus Smart made his return from injury after missing Game 1 and his presence was most certainly felt on the court. He was one rebound shy of a triple-double while also being a pest on the defensive end all night, finishing with three steals and one block. His return also gave Boston another ball handler, which took pressure off of Jayson Tatum and allowed him to get into his spots without worrying about being the facilitator. The Celtics got contributions from everybody, with six players reaching the double digit point mark. Now, the Celtics head home with momentum on their side. Will they be able to capitalize?

Kyle Lowry has officially been ruled questionable for this game after missing the last 4 games. Although he more than likely will not be at 100% if he suits up, his experience and leadership would most definitely be welcomed. P.J. Tucker is now being listed as questionable too after leaving last Game 2 early due to injury. If he sits, Miami will be without one of their best defensive players. The Celtics are big favourites heading into this game and understandably so. They are playing phenomenal basketball at the right time while the Heat seem to have been bit by the injury bug at the wrong time. Take the Celtics with the spread and expect another overwhelmingly dominant team performance. 

My Pick: Celtics -6.5 (-105 via BetMGM)

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