Two of the four best teams currently in the East are clashing today. The fourth Heat (42-25), are facing the third Celtics (44-22) and both squads are coming off opposite outcomes in their previous matches.
Date/Time: 08-04-2020, 18:30 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat +3.5 Total: +222
Heat have a 42-25 record (34-31-2 ATS) and are 4th in the East. In their last game they lost against the Raptors, 103-107, failing to cover the +2.5 spread.
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Jimmy Butler leads the team both in scoring with 20.2 ppg and in assists made with 6.1. He also adds 6.6 rebounds per game.
Boston Celtics have a 44-22 record (38-24-4 ATS) and are third in the East. In their last game they won against the Blazers with a 128-124 score.
Jayson Tatum leads the team in scoring with 23.4 ppg, adding 7 rebounds. He bounced back in a big way in the Blazers win with 34 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists.
Celtics lead the Heat 2-0 this season.
They have won at home by 19 points and on the road by 8.
Celtics are better offensively (113.2 to 112.2). Heat are better defensively (107.3 to 108.8).
Miami has better percentages both in field goals (47% to 46%) and in 3-pointers (38.3% to 36.5%). They are also better in assists made (26.1 to 22.7).
On the other hand, Celtics are better in rebounding (45.8 to 44.4) and in turnovers committed (13.7 to 14.9).
Bookmakers give the Celtics a -3.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. Heat will bounce back today and get away with the win.
Celtics vs Heat Prediction: Miami Heat +3.55 (-107)
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