Heat vs. Celtics Prediction
The Celtics are laying 4.5 points to the visiting Heat at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday night, but Boston has had issues with Miami from a betting standpoint. Will that change tonight?
537 Miami Heat (+4.5) at 538 Boston Celtics (-4.5); o/u 208
7:30 p.m. ET, Monday, January 31, 2022
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: NBA TV
Miami Heat DFS Notes
Jimmy Butler (right ankle sprain) is questionable for Monday’s game against the Celtics. Apparently, Butler suffered the injury during Saturday’s triple-overtime loss to the Raptors, a game in which he logged a season-high 52 minutes. Monday’s game in Boston begins a stretch of four games in six nights, including a Monday/Tuesday back-to-back (at Toronto). If Butler is unable to play Monday night, that would free up additional playing time for Caleb Martin and Max Strus, with one of those two moving into the starting lineup.
Boston Celtics DFS Notes
Jaylen Brown scored 31 points in a win over the Pelicans on Saturday, but otherwise added just two rebounds, three assists, one steal and four triples in 35 minutes. While Brown didn’t do much in the non-scoring departments this evening, it’s not something to worry about given he and teammate Jaysons Tatums’ abilities to fill it up on a nightly basis. Brown and Tatum were the only guys besides Josh Richardson (10 points) to reach double digits in scoring, and it’s the fourth time this season that Brown and Tatum have each scored at least 30 points in the same game. Boston gets a tough matchup with the Heat on Monday, an occasion in which Brown will look to hit the 20-point mark for the fourth straight game. Marcus Smart was quiet offensively but tied his career high of 12 assists in the 10-point win.
Warriors vs. Suns NBA Betting Prediction
The Heat are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games in Boston, are 7-0 against the number in their last seven games following a loss and are 13-3 at the betting window in their last 16 games as an underdog. The Celtics, meanwhile, are just 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games as a home favorite and are 3-12-1 against the number in their last 16 games following an ATS win.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: MIAMI HEAT +4.5