NBA Playoffs: Celtics (-3) @ Heat $
What is going on with Jimmy Butler? In one game he is a complete non-factor, the next he is Superman! Jimmy Buckets dropped 47 points in game six with 9 rebounds and 8 assists. It was one of the best single-game performances of this entire NBA playoffs. He had just 27 points combined in the three games prior to that. It was as if he ate a Mario power-up mushroom after being injured. But the question remains for game 7, which Jimmy shows up tonight?
Kyle Lowry finally showed up in game 6 as well breaking out of the terrible slump has was having. But the Heat are still limping in multiple positions and will be hard-pressed to duplicate their game 6 effort even at home. They still have four guards listed as questionable for tonight, most notably Tyler Herro who is likely to be out again. I just cannot back a team that is capable of putting 80-point scoring nights on a regular basis.
I have been backing the Celtics for the entire playoffs and I am not going to back down from that now. With all of their starters in the lineup, they are still easily the best team in the eastern conference. I am not happy about having to lay three points on the road, but I think it is still the right play here.
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