NBA betting market report: Daily picks, advice for Tuesday 5/17

By Jonathan Von Tobel  (Senior NBA Analyst) 

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Welcome to the daily NBA betting market report, your source for analysis on the betting lines for the day in professional hoops. For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter, or check out The Edge daily at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.

All game lines via VSiN NBA Odds page.

Market Report for Tuesday, May 17th

*Lines are opening numbers

Boston Celtics at Miami Heat (-2.5, 206.5)

Game 1: Series tied 0-0

For the second time in three seasons these two franchises will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals, but this time it will not be in an empty gym in Orlando. Miami has been off for four days, waiting for its opponent to come from a tough and physical conference semifinal series. That rest has not done much for the team’s overall health, as Kyle Lowry is out with a hamstring injury and four players – P.J. Tucker, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, Caleb Martin – are listed as questionable to play. There is no indication that any of those role players will miss this contest, and should they play it is a more beneficial situation for the Heat, as the team went a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS when it had three or more days of rest this season. Despite that, the initial move on this line, and series price for that matter, has been in the direction of the Boston Celtics and for good reason.

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