NBA Betting Preview: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics
Favorite: Boston Celtics (48-24)
Underdog: Miami Heat (44-29)
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
When does the game start?
Friday at 8:30 PM ET
Jayson Tatum will lead Boston against Jimmy Butler and Miami on Friday.
Line: Boston -3.5
Over/Under: 213Movement Analysis: The over/under stands at its original figure, showing no swings. Boston has a record of 32-24 against the spread when listed as the favorite, while Miami is 14-16 against the spread as underdogs this season.
Tatum leads the attack, responsible for 21.1% of the Celtics total offense, while taking an average of 18.7 field goal attempts. Kanter is a player to keep an eye on, he averages 2.8 offensive boards a game and collects 16.1% of his team's rebounds. The Celtics offense is orchestrated by Smart, who accounts for 21.5% of all assists, while turning the ball over 1.7 times a contest.
Boston can win with a less-than-excellent scoring output, sporting a record of 25-23 when they fail to reach their 112.7 scoring average. Miami allows 108.6 a game. The Celtics are 20-26 when they shoot below their 36% season average from three. The Heat allow opponents to shoot 35%. The Celtics can win with a less than stellar performance on the boards, sporting a record of 30-19 when they fail to reach their 45.9 rebounding average, Miami allows 42.3 boards 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 player to keep an eye on, he averages 2.4 offensive rebounds a contest and records 23.1% of his team's rebounds. The Heat offense is run by Butler, who accounts for 23.3% of all assists, while turning the ball over 2.2 times a contest.
Miami is just 16-21 when they fail to reach their scoring average. Boston allows 106.6 per game. The Heat are 21-23 when they shoot below their 38% season average from three. The Celtics allow opponents to shoot 33%. 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 13.8 season average, Boston forces 14.1 turnovers a game.
Boston : 112
Miami : 108
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Last Updated on 2020-9-25 1:30 p.m. EDT