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Miami shocked many with their Game 3 win and Boston will need to respond in a big way to avoid giving the Heat a chance to close out the series on their home floor.
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Miami has won two quarters so far this series and yet they find themselves with an opportunity to head back home with a 3-1 lead if they can knock off Boston on Tuesday.
Boston is a 6.5 point favourite, the same number they were favoured by in Game 3 game, and will be under significantly more pressure to perform and stay in this series.
The good news is that we’ve seen the Celtics handle pressure. In their last series, Milwaukee had an opportunity to advance on their home floor but Boston went to a level that the Bucks couldn’t handle.
The Celtics are the better team in this series and Game 4 is when they show it.
Jaylen Brown was a huge factor in Game 3 with 40 points on 70 per cent shooting and while his scoring output was impressive, so was his rebounding effort.
Brown is averaging nine rebounds a game this series and has grabbed eight or more rebounds in his last four and in eight of his past 11.
The availability of Robert Williams III is still considered questionable and while I expect Marcus Smart to play, everything is pointing to another minutes-heavy performance from Brown as the C’s look to keep themselves in touch.
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Jaylen Brown 6+ Rebounds / Bam Adebayo 15+ Points / Marcus Smart 6+ Assists = $3.00
Jaylen Brown continues to rack up the boards in this post-season. He’s averaging nine rebounds a game this series and should total six with ease. Adebayo initiated far more of the offence in Game 3 and the success that Miami had there should see Spoelstra continue to keep him heavily involved. Marcus Smart is a major barometer for Boston and if they are to even this series at 2-2, he will have to make his presence felt. Smart is averaging 6.7 assists per game this post-season and has had at least six in four of his last five.