The Celtics bounced back in Game 3 and managed to cut the lead down to 2-1 wins. They are now facing once again Miami in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals with hopes of tying the series. The Heat, who suffered just their second defeat in the postseason, will be looking to bounce back tonight.
Date/Time: 09-23-2020, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat +3 Total: +210.5
Miami had a 44-28 record in the regular season (36-35-2 ATS) and were fifth in the East. In their last game they saw a three-game winning streak end. They lost by the Celtics in Game 3, 106-117. They were a 3.5-point underdog and didn’t cover the spread.
Goran Dragic leads the team in scoring with 21.3 ppg, adding 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Jimmy Butler adds 20.6 ppg, 5.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
Boston had a 48-24 record in the regular season (41-27-4 ATS) and were third in the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over the Heat in game three, 117-106. They were a -3.5 favorite and managed to cover the spread.
Jayson Tatum leads the team both in scoring with 25.3 ppg and in rebounding with 10.3 per game. Jaylen Brown adds 21.1 ppg and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Both teams are tied 3-3 wins so far this season.
Heat are better in points scored (111.5 to 108.3 ppg), 3-point percentage (37% to 34.3%) and in assists made (25 to 21.6).
On the other hand, Celtics have the best defense in the postseason, allowing 102.1 ppg to Miami’s third-best of 105.4.
They are also better in rebounding (45.1 to 43.8).
Both teams are very close both in field goal percentage (45.5% to 45.4%) and in turnovers per game (14.1 to 14.2).
Bookmakers give the Celtics a -3 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They proved that they are too tough to beat and they will build on game three’s momentum and get away with another win today.
Celtics vs Heat Game 4 Prediction: Boston Celtics -3 (-110)