Celtics vs. Heat Pick
Will the Boston Celtics be able to cover on the road as a favorite when it takes on the Miami Heat tonight at 7:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Celtics are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -3.5 points against the Heat. The over/under total for the game is listed at 196 points. These two are meeting for the first time this season, but Boston has won and covered the spread in three straight in this series. These two have hit the under in six of their last seven meetings.
Boston is 9-7 on the season and 9-7 against the spread. The Celtics are coming off a 109-103 loss to the Spurs at home, snapping a three-game win streak. While the Celtics have a solid offense that is putting up 104 points per game, they are giving up 103.4 points per contest on defense. Isaiah Thomas has been leading the charge with 26.1 points and 6.3 assists per game. His backcourt mate, Avery Bradley, is chipping in with 17.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Miami is now 5-11 on the season and 7-9 against the spread following a 110-107 loss at home to Memphis on Saturday. The Heat have dropped three of their last four. Miami’s offense is struggling, posting 95.6 points per game this season. The defense is respectable, allowing only 97.4 points per contest. Miami comes in beat up for this game as Justise Winslow is out with a wrist injury and Goran Dragic is questionable to play because of an elbow injury. Dragic is averaging 15.3 points and 5.6 assists per game while Winslow is averaging 11.6 points and 3.9 assists per game.
The Heat have enough trouble scoring with a full lineup and now could be without a pair of double-digit scorers against a Boston team that likes to play up tempo. The Celtics are going to find a way to score, especially with their strong guard play. Miami won’t be able to keep pace, especially without Winslow and possibly Dragic.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON CELTICS -3.5