NBA Playoffs 2012: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics, Game 6 Odds

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IJune 6, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 05:  (L-R) Dwyane Wade #3 and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat stand on court against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 5, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have suffered three consecutive losses to the Boston Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference final, but that's not going to stop loyal supporters from backing the Miami Heat on Thursday night at the TD Garden in Boston.

The Heat are currently 1.5-point road favorites in the NBA betting odds for Game 6 (provided by SBR Forum), while the total has fallen by a half-point to settle in at 179.5.

Miami can only hope for a similar bounce-back performance that it produced after dropping three straight games to close out a Western Conference road trip from Jan. 10-13, capturing a 120-98 blowout win at home over the San Antonio Spurs as seven-point home favorites four days later. 

The Heat have split 10 games when favored on the road by three or fewer points this year, which includes a 93-91 overtime defeat inside this venue in Game 4.

Boston is a single victory away from reaching the 2012 NBA Finals, but is just 2-4 when leading a 2012 NBA playoff series. The Celtics also possess a mediocre 6-5 record as a home underdog of three or fewer points since the start of the 2009-10 campaign.

You're going to have a hard time finding anyone outside of Boston that expects this series to end on Thursday night, especially with the "must-win" angle being talked about at nauseam.

Last time I checked—Game 5 was slapped with a similar label.

Prediction: Boston Celtics 88, Miami Heat 85 


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