Heat vs. Celtics Spread Prediction
The Boston Celtics have won seven of their last 10 games and cashed for bettors in six of those contests over that span. That said, are the laying too many points to the visiting Miami Heat at 6:00 p.m. ET on Monday?
6:00 p.m. ET, Monday, January 21, 2019
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Celtics are 8-point favorites to beat the Heat. The total, meanwhile, sits at 215.5 points and as of this writing, 55% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Celtics to cover the point spread.
Miami Heat Fantasy Spin
Josh Richardson (illness) scored a game-high 26 points Saturday vs. the Bulls, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line, with three rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes. There were questions regarding Richardson’s status earlier Saturday, but he managed to play through illness and put forth one of his better scoring efforts of the season. The 26 points are the most that the fourth-year guard has scored in a game since early November, and he made four 3-pointers in a game for the third time this month. Richardson picked a good time to have an outing of this caliber, as he’s shooting just 41.1% from the field and 32.4% from three in January.
Boston Celtics Fantasy Spin
Jayson Tatum shot a respectable 7-of-13 from the field Saturday vs. the Hawks, finishing with 19 points (5-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 35 minutes. Like many of his teammates not named Kyrie Irving, Tatum was quiet offensively in the first half. The second-year wing was more productive in the second half, ultimately putting together a solid stat line that had a little bit of everything outside of three-pointers (he did not attempt one). A nice bounce back for a player who missed all six of his shot attempts Friday night, finishing with a season-low two points. Tatum’s three blocked shots were one short of his high for the season to date.
NBA Betting Trends
The Heat are just 5-11-3 against the spread in their last 19 games following a win of more than 10 points.
The Celtics have cashed in 17 of their last 21 home games versus an opponent with a winning road record.
The Heat have been a solid play in this series, covering in five of their last six meetings with the Celtics and posting a 5-2 ATS record in their last seven trips to Boston. The road team is also 6-2 against the number in the last eight meetings between these two teams while the underdog is a highly profitable 16-5 at the betting window in the last 21 meetings. While the Heat might not pull off the outright upset, they should stay within the 8 points.
Monday NBA Prediction: Miami Heat +8