Friday, May 20.

Celtics (+3.5) & Butler 20+ Points $2.52

We head into the second game of the Eastern Conference Finals with Miami looking to go 2-0 up at home.

Boston was without key starters Marcus Smart (foot) and Al Horford (Health & Safety Protocols) in Game 1, as Miami piled on the pressure on the Celts’ young lineup.

Both of those players are likely to return for Game 2, which will give Boston a considerable lift on the defensive end, while Smart’s presence will alleviate the pressure on Tatum to initiate the offense.

The Heat demolished Boston 39-14 in the 3rd quarter of Game 1, hunting the Celt’s ball handlers from the half-court!

With Smart and Horford back on the court, Boston easily has a more talented starting 5 than Miami, and a nucleus that will be able match Butler and co in defensive pressure.

I’m backing Boston to cover the +3.5 point line, combined with the inevitability of Butler picking up his 20-piece.