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Celtics vs. Heat: Free NBA Picks

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Celtics vs. Heat: Free NBA Picks
Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

NBA betting hots up as seedings games motor on with a battle between Boston Celtics and Miami Heat on Tuesday. 

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 – 06:30 PM EDT at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida

Boston vs. Miami Betting Preview and NBA Odds

Miami Heat scooped up the 125-105 victory over Denver Nuggets Saturday afternoon, clinching their first game in the bubble. The Heat came through as the closing 4.5-point betting favorites with 5Dimes Sportsbook for their backers and the game cracked the closing total of 216.

On Monday, Miami Heat had a chance to sweep the series with Toronto Raptors only to bottle it in the dying seconds. The Raptors took the narrow 107-103 victory to come through as the nominal -2.5 betting favorites and the score came under the closing 222 total.

The Boston Celtics, meanwhile, edged the Portland Trail Blazers 128-124 on Sunday, a result that saw the Celtics push as the closing -4 betting favorites and the game going well over the closing total of 228. It marked their first straight-up win in the bubble, after suffering the 112-119 loss in their opening effort with Milwaukee Bucks.

The Eastern Conference landscape: the Celtics are trying to solidify the third seed in the Eastern Conference and by the standings they are 4 games behind the Raptors in the Atlantic Division and 2.5 games ahead of the Heat in the to maintain their spot. Heat are fourth in the standings and just 1.5 games ahead of fifth-placed Indiana Pacers.

Across sports betting platforms, Celtics opened tipped to the advantage on the NBA odds board, priced at -3 (-110) with most top-rated sportsbooks such as BetOnline and 5Dimes. Heritage Sportsbook serves up this game with slightly lower juice – Celtics at -3 (-105) and Heat at +3 (-105).

Temperature is Rising as Miami Turns on the HEAT

The Miami Heat gave it their all but came up short in the end, losing Monday’s date with Toronto by a handful of points. Raptors led at the end of the first half by four points and clinched the victory by four points at full-time, despite the Heat storming back from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter and then taking the brief 87-84 lead in the fourth quarter with 10:11 left on the clock. 

There’s no shame in losing to the defending NBA champions. Even though Miami did frit away multiple opportunities to take the win. Toronto showed poise and experience when it counted and answered the bell in a pressure-packed, nervy last few minutes of the game. 

Miami Heat beat Toronto twice this season and very nearly completed the sweep. Coran Dragic, who led the Heat with 25 points in the defeat, missed a potential game-tying free throw with 40 seconds left; and the Heat committed two costly turnovers with less than 20 seconds left on the clock. Jimmy Butler botched a pass from Dragic on a backdoor cut, allowing the ball to roll out of bounds with 17.4 seconds left. Then Butler turned it over when his pass was deflected by VanVleet.

Flush Off a Clutch Win Over Portland Trail Blazers

The Boston Celtics are 1-1 SU thus far in the seeding games, twice going down to the wire. But, it’s fair to say, both games count as invaluable experience for the playoffs. Friday’s date with Milwaukee saw the Celtics come up short. By contrast, Sunday’s clash with the Trail Blazers saw the C’s get the plays needed for the crucial win. 

The Celtics dominated the early stages of the game against Portland. At one point, Boston was 24-points ahead and looked to be on the way to a straightforward victory. However, credit goes to the Trail Blazers who didn’t lay out the welcome mat and in the second half lit it up. Portland even enjoyed a brief, four-point lead in the game with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

With their backs against the wall for the second time in a row, the Celtics, this time, rose to the occasion. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for 24 points in the fourth quarter to lift the C’s to victory, including knuckling down for a three-pointer that doubled Boston’s lead to six points with just 32.3 seconds left in the game. Boston Celtics’ head coach Brad Stevens said it perfectly following Boston’s win over Portland, “These are really valuable … That was a playoff-level energy that we had to play with at the end of the game.”

Head-to-Head Summary: Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat

TeamRecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTSteals
Boston7-34-64-6104.449.744.1141.4115/3108.3
Miami3-76-46-4100.749.243.8744.3108/3387.5

Key Stats and Trends

  • Boston enters this contest ranked 11th in scoring offense with an average of 113.2 points per game. In their last three games, the Celtics have averaged 118 Points per game.
  • Boston is third in the league in scoring defense with 107.3 points per game. In their last three games, they have allowed an average of 118 points per game.
  • Miami enters this contest ranked 15th in scoring offense with an average of 112.3 points per game. In their last three games, the Heat have averaged 107.7 points per game.
  • Miami is 11th in the league in scoring defense with an average of 108.9 points per game. In their last three games, they boast an average of 101.0 points per game, which is the third-best in the league currently.

NBA Betting Verdict

In winning and losing there are lessons to be had, especially after the seemingly interminable sports blackout due to coronavirus. Both the Celtics and Heat have had a taste of each and go into Tuesday’s clash sporting a 1-1 record in the NBA restart. 

If there’s one advantage, it’s the additional day of rest Celtics have over Miami. The Heat are faced with a back-to-back scenario after the disappointment of Monday’s loss to Toronto and fatigue could be an issue.

That said, Miami gets after opponents mentally and physically and Boston will have its work cut out to clinch the win. Celtics are dubbed the betting favourites on the odds board but they played two very close games that could have gone either way. The Heat took the Nuggets to the woodshed before taking it to the Raptors – two results that suggest Miami can’t be underestimated. 

All told, it’s a bit of a tossup where these two solid outfits are concerned. And yet laying the buckets with the Heat is a slightly more tempting lean. The play I like for my NBA picks is Heat +3 (-105) at Heritage. (Visit our Heritage Review).

Heat +3(-105)
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