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2023 NBA Handicapping – Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat
(0-2) Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat (2-0)
Date: Sunday, May 21st
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Kaseya Center, Miami, Florida
Moneyline NBA Odds: Celtics -156 | Heat +136 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -3.5
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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The Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat shifts venues with the next two games in South Beach. Miami pulled off a rarity by taking both road games to open the series and a 2-0 lead in the series with a 111-105 victory on Friday.
Boston finds themselves in a position where they need to replicate what the Heat did by trying to win both road games and four of the five games remaining to return to the NBA Finals.
At this time, the Celtics are 53-43-1 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 25-21-1 ATS as the away team. Additionally, the Heat are 41-53-3 against the spread this season. Also, they are 19-27-2 ATS as the home team.
The teams split the regular season series 2-2 with Boston winning the first two meetings on October 21st (111-104) and November 30th (134-121) while the Heat took the latter two contests on December 2nd (120-116 in overtime) and January 24th (98-95).
This is the sixth time the clubs are facing each other in the postseason with Miami ahead 3-2 all-time. It’s the third time in the last four seasons the teams have met in the Conference Finals with the Celtics winning last season 4-3.
Five times this postseason Grant Williams was a DNP-CD (did not play – coach’s decision). Analysts and Boston fans were clamoring for him to not only play but get significant minutes but for reasons unknown Williams was in Joe Mazzulla’s dog house.
When he appeared on Friday initially making an impact it looked like the coach and player had worked out their differences until a fateful moment in the middle of the final frame.
At 6:39 of the frame, Williams hit a 3-pointer that gave Boston a nine-point lead but the brash youngster couldn’t resist chirping at Jimmy Butler as the duo ran back up court.
A wise man once said – don’t poke a bear and Williams immediately found out the true essence of that saying as Butler went forehead to forehead with him after scoring plus drawing a foul.
Worse – that one incident fueled Butler and sparked the Heat who went on a 24 to 9 run to close the fourth and cement the Game 2 victory.
Jayson Tatum produced a game-high 34 points along with 13 rebounds and eight assists, but like Game 1 he failed to hit a single field goal in the final frame.
On the positive side, Boston claims the fourth-best point production averaging 117.9 points per game. In terms of efficiency, they shoot 47.5% from the field and 37.6% from the perimeter ranking 15th and sixth respectively.
Presently, opponents average 111.4 points per game which rank fifth. Celtics opponents are limited to 46.3% from the field and 34.5% from the perimeter ranking fifth and fourth respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Danilo Gallinari, SF (OUT indefinitely — ACL)
While Butler (27 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks) was the catalyst to the comeback he had help from a pair of teammates.
Bam Adebayo dropped a near triple-double of 22 points, 17 rebounds, and nine assists while Caleb Martin kept the Heat in the match early with timely buckets finishing with 25 points.
Much like the Nuggets in the West, the Heat feel disrespected although Butler continues to say he/his team don’t care what anyone thinks. How he responded to Grant Williams offers evidence to the contrary as clearly things of that nature are motivational fuel.
Offensively, the Heat scores 109.5 points per game ranking 30th while shooting 46% from the field and 34.4% from the perimeter ranking 26th and 27th respectively.
Defensively, the Heat allows opponents to score 109.8 points per game ranking second overall. Miami opponents shoot 48.2% from the field and 36.7% from the perimeter with both efficiency categories ranking 22nd.
To summarize the injury report…
- Victor Oladipo SG (OUT— knee)
- Tyler Herro SG (OUT— fingers/hand)
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Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat NBA Betting Trends:
- All in all, the Celtics are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
- Also, the Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Miami.
- By comparison, the Heat are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games.
- In conclusion, the Heat are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games at home.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
With their backs against the wall, this is a must-win game for the Celtics if they have any shot of winning this series. Even with their depth and talent, I doubt they will be able to beat Jimmy Butler and Co. four times.
Therefore, it might not be wise to pick them for this match, but I’ll give them one more shot to get into this series.
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