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NBA and MLB Action Makes Thursday Night Special

The NBA Playoffs continue tonight as the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics meet. This isn’t the only promising sports action on tap, as MLB has several games for bettors to think about.

Heat Hot at Home

The NBA Eastern Conference Finals will be played at the FTX Arena tonight when the Celtics and Heat face off in Game 2. The Celtics will try to even the series at 1-1 before they head home. The Heat have a chance of taking a quick lead of 2-0.

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The Celtics are at a huge disadvantage without Al Horford, who remains out. Even if Marcus Smart plays, he will play injured and not be much help. The Heat, however, are a deep team with a fierce defensive stand, which only makes matters worse for Boston. They’ve yet to lose at home in these playoffs and are winning by an average of 14.7 points.

The Heat take Game 2.

Astros on a Streak

The Texas Rangers meet the Houston Astros in MLB action at Minute Maid Park tonight. Texas is coming off a series against the Angels. After the Rangers won in their first two games, Texas took the win on Wednesday with a one-run victory. While the Rangers have been performing better, they still need to see consistency in their offense.

Houston is coming off a series against Boston. The Astros fell by four runs in Wednesday’s rubber match after a split in their first pair. The Astros have been one the most popular teams in baseball over the past weeks and is currently at the top of the AL West Division standings.

The Astros win in a tough game.

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Cubs Struggle with Injuries

The Arizona Diamondbacks face off against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. After a 5-3 loss in their last game to the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks will attempt to end a six-game losing streak. Although they are struggling offensively, Arizona is still in the bottom third of baseball. However, it may not be necessary for them to have a great night. They may rank toward the bottom in several categories, but they strike out the most baseball players.

Chicago’s injuries are a concern. They have struggled from a depth perspective and are missing a few starters from a lineup perspective. Jayson Heyward, Nico Hoerner, Clint Frazier, David Bote and Nick Madrigal are out. Most teams will struggle to win with that many starters missing. Add five more relievers to the mix, and you have a serious depth problem.

The Diamondbacks win because of the Cubs’ injuries.

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Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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