The Miami Heat will take on the Boston Celtics in the first game of the TNT double-header on Thursday night. The latest NBA betting line posted by BetMania for this game has the heat listed as 6.5 point favorites.
The Heat is looking for a shot at revenge as the Celtics handed them an opening night loss by the score of 88-80.
In that game, the Heat could be excused for losing since they were on the road against one of the best teams in the league and had limited time playing with one another.
The one thing they did learn that night is that after signing LeBron James and Chis Bosh in the offseason, expectations will be very high for this team on every night.
The season is still very young, but after a loss to Utah, the critics were out in full force. It may be too early to judge any team in the NBA, but the Heat is showing some weaknesses that they may not be able overcome.
For example, the chemistry issues that they had early in the season are disappearing as the season progresses, but the lack of a big man is something that will haunt this team.
Center Joel Anthony is the starter and is undersized at 6'9", and the aging Zydrunas Ilgauskas is a sorry excuse for a backup.
The big men in Miami were exposed in the last game against the Jazz as the forward combination of Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko led a second-half surge that won the game for the Jazz.
It’s a long season and it’s hard for every team to get up for every game, but losing a 22-point lead at home is extremely embarrassing.
Chris Bosh is showing some signs of failing to live up to the hype of being the third member of the “Big Three."
Bosh is the third-leading rebounder on the team, and his numbers are down from in years past. In fact all of his career averages are down this year.
The scoring average is bound to suffer since James and Dwyane Wade will see more of the shots on the season, but his rebounding averages have nearly been cut in half.
For a team that is weak in the big man department, it is crucial the Bosh plays a significant rebounding role on this team.
The Heat will be a great team that will beat some quality teams, and although it may be too early for criticizing their performance, these weaknesses will hurt them in the post season.
Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com,your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at email@example.com