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2021 NBA Handicapping
(5-3) Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat (3-3)
Date: Wednesday, January 6
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 218
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Wednesday, January 6th finds the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat playing in their first meeting of the 2020-21 campaign since the teams last met in the postseason.
Last season the clubs played three times with the Celtics taking two out of the three contests. The Celtics hold the all-time record with 75 wins in 123 matches.
While the Celtics have two young superstars in the making they are dealing with injuries that have devasted their guard depth with each of Marcus Smart (thumb), Jeff Teague (ankle), and Kemba Walker (knee) missing the last contest.
Despite falling behind by double-digits early to the Toronto Raptors the Celtics used their size to take over with their dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to drive home the victory.
The bench depth remains an issue though as coach Brad Stevens had to bring back Tatum and Brown to close out the match after the Raptors reserves cut the lead to single digits.
Tatum scored 40 points with six rebounds and two assists while Brown dropped 19 points, five rebounds, three assists, and a steal
Rookie Payton Pritchard delivered a solid outing with 23 points and eight assists while Grant Williams (14) and Semi Ojeleye (12) were the other double-figure contributors.
The Celtics bench outscored the Raptors 60 to 29. On the positive side, the Celtics outrebounded the Raptors 56 to 37 but coughed up the ball to the tune of 19 turnovers.
Smart and Teague are questionable for Wednesday while Javonte Green (illness), Walker (knee), and Romeo Langford (wrist) are out indefinitely.
The Miami Heat have alternated wins and losses through the early season without consecutive wins through six matches and will seek to earn their first back-to-back victories facing the team they dispensed to reach the NBA Finals this past campaign.
Jimmy Butler missed two games with a sore ankle and struggled in his return scoring just two points but looked more like the leader he is in the victory over the Thunder as he registered 18 points, three rebounds, six assists, and a steal.
Bam Adebayo led the way versus OKC with 20 points and eight rebounds. Kelly Olynyk offered 19 points and eight rebounds hitting five 3-pointers as a starter.
Duncan Robinson added 12 points as the only other double-figure score but the Heat had six players contribute between six and nine points as they offered balanced scoring via great ball movement that netted them 34 assists.
Gabe Vincent (knee) hasn’t played in this season and is listed as questionable for Wednesday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2 in BOS last 8 road games.
- MIA are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- Underdog is 25-8 ATS in the last 33 meetings.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
While the Celtics backcourt is depleted the Heat don’t function typically in that regard with their guards being more focused on shooting while Butler and Adebayo tend to run the offense.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics +3.5
Boston has the motivation to take down the team who knocked them out of the playoffs but Miami wants that back-to-back win.
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