Heat vs. Celtics Prediction
The Miami Heat are clinging to the final Eastern Conference playoff spot by a half-game with six games remaining. Can Miami put up a strong fight to cover the spread as the underdogs tonight at the Boston Celtics?
Monday, April 1, 2019
TD Garden at 7:40PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Celtics are a 7-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 212.5 points. As of Monday morning, 52 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Miami. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Heat rally past Knicks
Miami picked up a 100-92 victory Saturday night at New York to improve to 38-38 overall and 20-17 on the road. The Heat outscored the Knights 45-31 in the second half to race to the win. Dion Waiters led Miami with 28 points on 11-of-23 shooting including 6-of-16 from 3-point distance. He also notched six assists, three rebounds and two steals. Hassan Whiteside accounted for 17 points plus 13 boards off the bench. Dwyane Wade added 16 points, seven caroms and three dimes. The Heat shot 39-of-90 from the floor, 9-of-32 from 3-point distance plus 13-of-17 at the free throw line.
Celtics fall flat at Nets
Short-handed Boston lost by a count of 110-96 Saturday night at Brooklyn to move to 45-32 on the seaosn. The Celtics (45-32) were outscored 61-48 in the second half of the loss. Boston shot 35-of-83 from the field, 8-of-20 from 3-point range plus 18-of-23 at the free throw line. Gordon Hayward led the way with 19 points off the bench on 7-of-12 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range plus 4-of-6 at the free throw line. He also contributed six rebounds and three assists. Marcus Morris accounted for 16 points and five boards. Daniel Theis added 16 points plus four rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots as a reserve.
NBA Betting Trends
The Heat are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games versus the Atlantic Division. Miami is 22-8 ATS in its last 30 road games.
The Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last five Monday games. Boston is 0-6 ATS in its last six home games.
Boston has been inconsistent and this spread seems maybe a point too wide considering Miami has a lot to play for. The Heat aren't great by any means, but have actually been better on the road than at home this season. Boston will likely be back at full strength today, but if chemistry issues creep in again it could make for a long night. I'm going to take the points with the Heat.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MIAMI HEAT +7