An explosive matchup awaits as the Miami Heat (61-30) attempts to make the most of their home-court advantage when they host the Boston Celtics (59-34) in Game 1 at the FTX Arena in South Florida on Tuesday. In today’s game, the Heat were listed as tight 1.5-point favorites against the Celtics. See more predictions in the Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat odds and picks in FBR’s NBA Predictions series.
BEST ODDS TO BET ON:
- Underdogs: Celtics +1.5 (-110)
- 76ers vs Heat Over/Under: 204 points
The Celtics (51-40-2 ATS) went 5-1 ATS in their last six games and are 11-4 SU in their last 15 matches against an opponent in the Eastern Conference. The total has gone UNDER in five of Boston’s last seven outings, even as the Celtics are 12-4 SU in their last 16, and are 9-0 ATS in their last nine contests on the road.
The Heat (53-39-1 ATS) are 14-4 SU in their last 18 matches and 6-2 ATS in their last eight against an opponent in the Atlantic Division, even as the total has gone OVER in seven of Miami’s last 10 contests against Boston. Miami is more well-rested since eliminating Philadelphia, 99-90, to post a 4-2 win in their conference semifinals series on Thursday, but the Heat are hoping to have starting pointguard Kyle Lowry on the floor as he is nursing a hamstring injury.
Boston is coming off back-to-back wins to oust dethroned champion Milwaukee, 109-81, in Game 7 of their conference semifinals series on Sunday to get only less than 48 hours of rest before Game 1. The Celtics might have to start Game 1 without Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, who is listed as questionable for Tuesday due to a foot injury he sustained in the last series.
Final Predictions and Picks:
- Spread — 108 Miami Heat – 102 Boston Celtics
- Over/Under — OVER 204 points
A look at last time’s predictions:
Jayson Tatum exploded for 46 points and the Boston Celtics survived 44 points, 20 rebounds, and six assists from Giannis Antetokounmpo to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-95, and tie their Eastern Conference semifinals series at 3-all heading into Game 7 back in Boston.
Klay Thompson scored 30 points on eight 3-pointers, while Stephen Curry had 29 points on six triples to lead the Golden State Warriors in ousting the Memphis Grizzlies, 110-96, and complete a 4-2 victory in their Western Conference semifinals series.
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