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Boston Celtics at Miami Heat – Picks & Predictions
NBA Rivals Week continues, featuring classic and emerging rivalries with 11 games broadcast nationwide through Sunday. The Boston Celtics will host the Miami Heat Thursday night at Kaseya Center in an Eastern Conference battle between division leaders.
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Head-To-Head: Boston vs. Miami
Boston is the top team in the conference with a 31-10 record. It’s trying to hold off the surging Philadelphia 76ers, who trail them by four games in the standings.
Miami is 29-14 on the season and has seen its Southeast Division lead reduced to 1.5 games over the Orlando Magic. Since a recent three-game winning streak, the Heat have lost three in a row, including a 105-87 blowout loss in Orlando on Sunday, and are 5-7 in their last 12 games overall.
The Celtics and Heat have met 134 times in the regular season, with Boston holding an 81-53 advantage. Miami has won 20 of their 37 playoff matchups, including last season when they beat Boston in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat are 4-2 all-time in playoff series against the Celtics.
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Boston vs. Miami Odds
The Heat are 4.5-point favorites at home in this contest with the Celtics. Miami has -184 moneyline odds, while a wager taking the Celtics to win is at +156. The over/under for the game is 215.5 points.
Betting Tips for Boston vs. Miami
Boston is 14-9 on the road, with a 9-12-2 record against the spread away from home this season. They’re also 1-1 when listed as underdogs and have a 22-20-2 record against the spread.
The Heat are 4-6 against the Celtics over their last ten meetings and are 18-7 this season when listed as the favorite. However, they’re 8-12 against the spread on their home court.
Boston vs. Miami Predictions
The Celtics got an impressive win against the Dallas Mavericks in their last game on Tuesday, overcoming a triple-double by Luka Doncic to take the 119-110 victory. Jason Tatum and Jalen Brown played at their top levels, scoring 38 and 35 points, respectively.
They could also have Kristaps Porzingis back for tonight’s game. He was out against the Mavericks with knee inflammation after scoring 32 points in their win at Houston on Sunday.
The reigning Eastern Conference champions are fifth in the NBA in points allowed at 110.7 per game. However, they’ve scored below their 110.9-point season average during their recent 3-3 stretch.
The Heat added some offense after acquiring Terry Rozier from the Charlotte Hornets for Kyle Lowry and a 2027 first-round draft pick on Tuesday. Rozier is averaging 23.2 points and 6.6 points in 30 starts for the Hornets.
Prediction: Miami Heat -4.5