- BetOnline has the Miami Heat favored over the Boston Celtics
- Miami Heat are in first place in the Eastern Conference and unbeaten (3-0) at home
- The Boston Celtics ended a three-game losing skid on Wednesday
The Miami Heat, who had a day off on Wednesday, return to action on Thursday night to face the Boston Celtics in Miami. The Heat look to keep their home record perfect and their five-game winning streak alive against the Celtics. who are coming off a Wednesday night win over the Orlando Magic. Boston ended a three-game losing skid with the win over the Magic, who fell to 2-7 with the loss. The Celtics enter the game against the heat with a 3-5 record. The Heat are 6-1.
Boston Celtics Analysis
Boston had a good night against the Magic on Wednesday. The team was last in points allowed per game (119.7) and 29th in rebounds heading into that game. The fact the Celtics held the Magic to 79 points is a positive. However, the Magic has not been great on offense this year as the team ranked 26th in scoring heading into the game.
Boston’s defense has not been great this year and the potent Miami offense is going to test the Celtics in a big way.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 4, 2021
Players to watch for Boston are Jaylen Brown, who is averaging 26.7 points per game and Jayson Tatum, who is putting up 25.7 points per game.
Boston to beat Miami +250 via Sportsbetting.
Miami Heat Analysis
The Miami Heat are the second highest scoring team in the NBA right now, averaging 115.6 points per game. What makes the team even more effective is that they also allow the second fewest points per game with an average of 98.9. The team is also great at limiting its opponents’ effectiveness when shooting, holding the teams they face to 39.7 percent from the floor. During Miami’s recent win over Dallas, the team had four players hit for more than 22 points.
Last night's win featured 4 22+ point scorers for the first time in franchise history. Most importantly, this team is embracing a fixture of #HEATCulture – Enjoying Each Other's Success
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 3, 2021
The club also has good shooting percentage numbers, hitting at 47 percent, which rank the Heat among the best teams in the league.
Players to watch for Miami are Tyler Herro, who is averaging 22 points per game and Jimmy Butler, who is leading the team with 25 points per game. Kyle Lowry is first in assists for Miami with 7.5 per game.
Miami to beat Boston -300 via BetUS.
MyTopSportsbook’s Final Pick
These teams met three times during the regular season last year. Miami won two of those games. The two clubs also met in the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals, Miami won that series 4-2.
The Celtics would be up against it even if they were rested heading into Miami. The fact they played on Wednesday night will not help them against the heat, who had a day off while Boston was in Orlando.
Miami is the better all around team and I expect they will shut down the Celtics offense with their strong defense and frustrate the Boston club on their way to another win.
Pick: Miami Heat to defeat Boston Celtics -300 via BetOnline.
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