Momentum is on the site of the Miami Heat (62-32), as they seek to move halfway in their bid for the NBA finals when they host the Boston Celtics (59-35) at the FTX Arena in South Florida on Thursday. In today’s game, the Heat remain as 3.5-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 +3.5 (-110)
- 76ers vs Heat Over/Under: 207.5 points
The Celtics (51-41-2 ATS) went 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games but are just 2-4 SU in their last six against the Heat. The total has gone OVER in four of Boston’s last six matches when playing on the road against Miami, even as the Celtics were 2-4 ATS in their last six outings against the Heat.
The Heat (54-39-1 ATS) were 15-4 SU in their 19 matches, even as the total has gone OVER in four of Miami’s last six contests when playing at home against Boston. Miami took Game 1, 118-107, on Tuesday, and will rely on All-Star Jimmy Butler more as Kyle Lowry (hamstring), Max Strus (hamstring), and Gabe Vincent (hamstring) continue to nurse injuries coming into Game 2.
Boston hopes to bring back Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, who missed Game 1 due to a foot injury but was listed as probable for Game 2. The Celtics could use some help from center Al Horford (quarantine), who is doubtful for Thursday, leaving Boston to lean more on All-Star Jayson Tatum, who averages 28.3 points and 5.65 rebounds, and Jaylen Brown (22.2 ppg, 3.8 apg) to prevent them from falling into a 0-2 hole.
Final Predictions and Picks:
- Spread — 102 Miami Heat – 98 Boston Celtics
- Over/Under — OVER 207.5 points
A look at last time’s predictions:
Stephen Curry scored 21 points along with 12 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins had 19 points while containing Dallas superstar Luka Doncic, even as Klay Thompson added 15 points to help the Golden State Warriors pound the Mavericks, 112-87, to take Game 1 of their Western Conference finals series.
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