Celtics vs. Heat Prediction
Can the Boston Celtics hurt the Miami Heat’s chances at making the playoffs when the two rivals meet up tonight at 7:30PM ET?
509 Boston Celtics vs. 510 Miami Heat
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
7:30PM ET – American Airlines Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Celtics are the slight road favorite, as they are getting odds of -2 points against the Heat. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 212.5 points. The public betting for this game currently is unavailable. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Celtics struggling to cover
Boston is coming off a 110-105 win over Miami at home on Monday. The Celtics have won three of their last four but have failed to cover in three straight. Boston is 46-32 overall, 18-20 on the road, 36-41-1 against the spread and 44-34 with the over. The Celtics are fourth in the East right now, tied with Indiana for the fifth slot as well.
The Celtics are putting up 112.3 points per game on offense this season while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Defensively, Boston is giving up 108 points per game while opponents shoot 45 percent against them. Jaylen Brown is doubtful to play tonight while Marcus Morris is questionable and Al Horford is probable to play. Kyrie Irving is leading the team with 24.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game while Jayson Tatum is adding 15.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
Heat fall to Celtics
Miami is coming off the loss at Boston on Monday, but the Heat are 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games. They are now 38-39 on the season, 18-21 at home, 42-34-1 against the spread and 39-38 with the over. Miami is eighth in the East right now, ½ a game behind Brooklyn for seventh and ½ a game over Orlando for the final spot.
The Heat are a strong defensive team, giving up 105.6 points per game while opponents shoot 44.2 percent against them. Offensively, Miami is putting up 105.6 points per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor. Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder and Justise Winslow are all questionable to play tonight. Richardson leads the team with 16.7 points per game while Goran Dragic is averaging 14.6 points and 4.5 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Celtics are 0-5 against the spread in their last five following a win and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games when on 1 day of rest.
The Heat are 9-1 against the spread in their last 10 division games and 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss.
Miami has covered the spread in five straight meetings with Boston, including all three meetings this season. The home team has won the three meetings this season, including Miami picking up a 115-99 win on Jan. 10. Both teams have plenty of motivation, but Miami has been good at playing up to its competition when against playoff caliber teams. The Celtics haven’t been trustworthy at the betting window, so I will take my chances on Miami with the points.
NBA Prediction: Miami Heat +2