The Heat continued their impressive run in the 2020 NBA playoffs by winning Game 2 against the Celtics. They are now 10-1 in the postseason and are facing once again the Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, having a 2-0 lead. Boston desperately needs to bounce back because a 3-0 Miami lead will probably mean the end of this series.
Date/Time: 09-19-2020, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat +2.5 Total: +207.5
Heat finished the regular season with a 44-28 record (36-35-2 ATS). They were 5th in the East. They have won 10 of their last 11 matches. In their last game they won Boston in game 2, 106-101. They were once again a 3-point underdog but managed to beat the odds.
Goran Dragic leads the team in scoring with 22.2 ppg, adding 4.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Jimmy Butler follows with 20.9 ppg, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
Celtics finished the regular season with a 48-24 record (41-27-4 ATS). They were 3rd in the East. They have lost three of their last four matches. In their last game they lost by the Heat in Game two, 101-106. They were a -3 favorite but failed to cover the spread.
Jayson Tatum leads the team both in scoring with 25.3 ppg and in rebounding with 10 per game. Jaylen Brown adds 20.7 ppg and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Heat lead the Celtics 3-2 wins this season.
Miami are better offensively (112 to 107.6 ppg), in field goal percentage (46% to 45.3%) and 3-point percentage (38% to 34.3%).
They are also better in assists made (25.4 to 21.2).
On the other hand, Boston has the best defense in the playoffs, allowing 101.8 ppg to Miami’s second-best of 104.4.
They are also better in rebounding (44.7 to 43.9)
Both teams commit almost the same number of turnovers per game (13.6 to 14.6).
Bookmakers give the Celtics a -2.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. The Heat have found their way with that Celtics teams and they will most likely get away with another win tonight.
Celtics vs Heat Game 3 Prediction: Miami Heat +2.5 (-106)