Free NBA Pick: Heat vs. Celtics NBA Odds
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2021 NBA Handicapping
(37-31) Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics (35 -33)
Date: Tuesday, May 11th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 218.5
On Tuesday, May 11th the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics will finish the two-game set in Boston and complete their regular-season series. In the first meeting between the clubs on January 6th, the Celtics came out victorious taking the match 107-105 in a nailbiter. The second match just played on Sunday was won by the Heat 130-124.
Aside from determining the tiebreak winner, this game has major seeding implications. By virtue of the sixth place Heat winning on Sunday they built their lead to two games over the seventh-place Celtics. Neither club wants to finish seventh and be forced into the play-in tournament.
A win Tuesday would extend Miami’s lead to three games over Boston. Miami has a much tougher closing schedule than Boston to finish the week with the 76ers, Bucks, and Pistons on tap.
Philly has a healthy three-game edge over the Nets but will want to cement that position. Milwaukee is still invested in moving up and holding a higher seed than the Nets.
Moreover, the Heat are also in a battle for the fifth seed and the Southeast Division versus the Hawks who currently are fifth and lead the Division.
In the victory Sunday, Jimmy Butler lead the way both figuratively and statistically with 26 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, and two steals. All five Heat starters scored in double-figure plus Tyler Herro off the bench.
Victor Oladipo will miss his 16th consecutive game with a knee injury have only appeared in four games since being traded the Heat.
(Updated to add) News of Jaylen Brown being done for the season was surprising – not so much that he wouldn’t be back but rather it was a wrist injury (torn ligament) that would take him out.
All isn’t bad for the Celtics since a win would draw them closer to the Heat (within a game) and give them the tiebreaker. More importantly, if Boston can win they have a much easier schedule on tap to finish the week.
After the Heat, the Celtics have three more games to complete including the Cavaliers, Wolves, and Knicks. Cleveland and Minnesota are already ruled out of postseason play so aren’t as invested and by the time Sunday arrives the Knicks may be less invested in playing their full core if they’ve solidified their seed.
In the loss to the Heat, Evan Fournier registered the top score for Boston with 30 points plus eight assists Jayson Tatum was the main point of Miami’s defensive emphasis with Jaylen Brown out but managed to register 29 points, five rebounds, six assists, a steal, and a block.
Kemba Walker (18), Marcus Smart (16), and Aaron Nesmith (16) were the other double-figure contributors.
Robert Williams had to leave the match as he continues to suffer from turf toe and is listed as day-to-day. As noted, Jaylen Brown (wrist) is lost for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Heat are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Heat are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-3-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
The motivation is obvious. This will be a scrappy affair with the Celtics mettle tested. This could be the game of the week given what’s on the line.
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