NBA Betting Preview: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics
Favorite: Boston Celtics (48-24)
Underdog: Miami Heat (44-29)
Arena:ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
When does the game start?Saturday at 8:30 PM ET
The Boston Celtics, led by Jayson Tatum, will battle with the Miami Heat in an NBA matchup on Saturday.
Line: Boston -3
Over/Under: 206Movement Analysis: The over/under is holding at its opening figure, displaying no major swings. Boston has a record of 31-23 against the spread when playing as the favorite, while Miami is 13-15 against the spread as underdogs this year.
Tatum is a major contributor, accounting for 21.1% of the Celtics total offense, while taking an average of 18.6 shot attempts. Kanter is a player to watch, he averages 2.8 offensive boards a contest and records 16.1% of his team's rebounds. The Celtics offense is conducted by Smart, who accounts for 21.6% of all assists, while turning the ball over 1.7 times a game.
Boston can win with a less-than-excellent scoring output, sporting a record of 25-22 when they fail to reach their 112.7 scoring average. Miami allows 108.5 per contest. The Celtics are 23-23 when they shoot below their 46% season average from the field. The Heat allow opponents to shoot 45%. While ball security is typically vital, it's hardly a death knell to Boston, who has a record of 22-21 when they turn the ball over more than their 13.1 season average. Miami causes 13.6 turnovers per contest.
Butler is a major contributor, accounting for 17.8% of the Heat total offense, while taking an average of 13.1 field goal attempts. Adebayo is a supplier of second chances, he averages 2.4 offensive rebounds a contest and collects 23% of his team's rebounds. The Heat offense is run by Butler, who accounts for 23.2% of all assists, while turning the ball over 2.2 times a contest.
Miami is a dismal 16-20 when they fail to reach their scoring average. Boston allows 106.5 a game. The Heat are 20-22 when they shoot below their 38% season average from three. The Celtics allow opponents to shoot 34%. While ball security is typically vital, it's hardly a death knell to Miami who have a record of 23-17 when they turn the ball over more than their 13.9 season average, Boston causes 14.2 turnovers a game.
Boston : 112
Miami : 108
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