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Celtics vs Heat NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
- Where: Miami at Miami-Dade Arena
- Date: Tuesday, January 24th
- Betting Odds MIA -1.5, BOS +101 | MIA -124 O/U OFF
So far, the Celtics have put together an overall record of 35-13, while going 25-22-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 0-3 vs the spread.
In their previous game, the Celtics were favored to win vs the Magic. However, their 113-98 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Even though Boston trailed by just 1 point at halftime, they struggled in the 2nd half and ended up losing by 15. Leading the team in scoring was Jaylen Brown, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 45.5% of his shots.
The Heat come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 26-22. So far, the team has gone 19-27-2 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Miami has an overall record of 2-1, including going 1-2 against the spread.
The Heat are coming off a 100-96 win over the Pelicans. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 7 point favorites. Miami went on to win the game, despite trailing by 6 going into halftime. In the win, Tyler Herro led the team in scoring with 26 points on a field goal percentage of 45.5%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Celtics saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Heat, averaging 105.0 points per game. Like the Celtics, the Heat scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 92.0 points per game vs Boston. The level of competition has been tight in the 5 most recent games between Celtics and Heat with just 2 points per game separating the teams. Boston has the ATS edge in this span at 3-2. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 3-2. Combined, they averaged 222 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Celtics offense is rated 2nd in the league in scoring, averaging 118.1 points per contest. The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.6 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Boston is ranked 5th in fewest turnovers per game.
Against the Heat, the Celtics will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 1st ranked unit at 104.48 points per game.
Power-Foward Jayson Tatum currently leads the Celtics at 31.0 points per game. For the season, he is 10th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 24.5% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Tatum is averaging 8.4 boards and 4.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 8th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jaylen Brown enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 43 games, he is averaging 26.9 and is 51st in the league in player efficiency rating.
Through 48 games, the Heat are averaging 108.6 points per contest, placing them 30th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Heat will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.9 made 3’s per game. If Miami continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 28th in the league in possessions per game.
So far, the Heat have played well defensively, as they are ranked 4th in the league at 105.57 points per contest.
This season, the Heat offense has primarily worked through Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 43 games, Adebayo is 40th in the NBA at 21.4 points per game. So far, him and Herro have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 42.2 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Tyler Herro is grabbing 5.9 rebounds for Miami to go along with 4.4 assists.
Celtics vs Heat Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Celtics +1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF
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