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?Thursday at 7:00 PM ET
Jayson Tatum will lead Boston against Jimmy Butler and Miami on Thursday.
Line: Boston -2.5
Over/Under: 208Movement Analysis: The total is holding at its original mark, displaying no major swings. Boston has a record of 31-22 against the spread when listed as the favorite, while Miami is 12-15 against the spread as underdogs this year.
Tatum powers the attack, responsible for 21.1% of the Celtics total offense, while taking an average of 18.7 shot attempts. Kanter is a supplier of second chances, he averages 2.8 offensive boards a game and grabs 16.1% of his team's rebounds. The Celtics offense is run by Smart, who accounts for 21.5% 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 25-21 when they fail to reach their 112.9 scoring average. Miami allows 108.6 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 rarely spells the end for Boston, who has a record of 22-20 when they turn the ball over more than their 13.1 season average. Miami forces 13.6 turnovers a contest.
Butler powers the attack, accounting for 17.8% of the Heat total offense, while taking an average of 13.1 shots per game. Adebayo is a player to keep an eye on, he averages 2.4 offensive rebounds a contest and collects 23% of his team's rebounds. The Heat offense is orchestrated by Butler, who accounts for 23.2% of all assists, while turning the ball over 2.2 times a contest.
Miami can win with a less-than-excellent scoring output, sporting a record of 18-21 when they fail to reach their 112.1 scoring average. Boston allows 106.5 a game. The Heat are 19-22 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 14.3 turnovers per game.
Boston : 112
Miami : 108
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