The Heat have been performing out of their skin for weeks now, but still went into the series against the Celtics as underdogs.
However, after racing into a 2-0 lead – which included a sensational comeback in last night’s game two – sportsbooks have become extremely wary of Miami and are now making them very much favorites to progress.
Bettors have also been convinced by what they’ve seen, with a staggering 93% of all bets placed since the end of last night’s game backing Miami to progress, compared to just 7% of wagers backing Boston to turn it around.
In fact, bettors are also confident that Miami will not even reach the finals, but win those as well. Their odds of going all the way are +400 – the shortest they’ve been at any point this season – and 39% of all bets placed on the ‘NBA Winner’ market in the past week have favoured Miami, putting them ahead of heavy favorites the Lakers with 27% of the market share.
Oddschecker spokesperson Pete Watt: “Everytime I write about Miami I think it’s going to be the last time but they just refuse to adhere to expectations.”
“Jimmy Butler said yesterday that the Celtics are a better side in terms of talent – a scenario which has arguably been the case for much of these playoff series – but that the raw togetherness and enjoyment of the Miami locker room is carrying them. Incredible.”
Miami Heat -334
Boston Celtics +270