Boston Celtics at Miami Heat NBA Pick - Odds and Against the Spread Predictions
The Miami Heat (19-20) and the Boston Celtics (25-15) will face off in an Eastern Conference clash on Thursday, January 10th, 2019. The tip is set for 7:00 PM ET and will be televised for national audiences on both TNT and TSN. The Heat enters on a two-game winning streak against the Celtics. The two outfits last met in Beantown in 2018 where Miami pulled a 90-89 upset as a nine-point underdog.
Boston Celtics at Miami Heat Overview
The Celtics are riding a four-game winning streak. Last night, the Celtics hosted the Indiana Pacers and defeated them by an impressive margin of 135-108. The Celtics were able to foster yet another cover as they went well over the seven points they were spotting to the Pacers at the closing bell. To complement their win streak, Boston is an equally impressionable 4-0 ATS in their last four games.
The Heat come into this contest on a two-game skid. In their most recent outing on Tuesday, Miami hosted the Denver Nuggets and fell by a score of 103-99 as a two-point favorite. Unlike the Celtics, the Heat have failed to cover in their last three matches.
Reasons To Avoid Boston
This let-down possibility is significant for the Celtics, here. After authoring one of the most impressive victories this season against a quality team in Indiana, the stock is high on Boston as they now face a Miami team that plays sub .500 basketball. Given the low-hanging fruit, the Celtics seem like easy money here, and the public has followed suit and smothered them out of the chute. However, Boston enters this game on less rest and has to endure travel fatigue while the Heat have had an extra day to prepare for this high-profile clash and have been home for at least three days.
Reasons To Back Miami
Miami has an edge in generating second chances compared to the Celtics as the Heat average 47.2 offensive rebounds per game (5th in the NBA) compared to Boston’s 45.2 offensive boards per game (14th in the league). This is a huge angle for the Heat to exploit in a game that could very well be settled on the last possession. In addition to this narrative, the Heat also bode an advantage in their bench operations as they can work a 2.8-point swing to their favor.
Celtics at Heat Prediction 01/10/2019
Last year, the Heat snuck into the playoffs and made a poor showing when they were dominated in a gentleman's sweep by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round. This contest will be an excellent venue for Miami to show that they are not a team to trifle with and we can expect them to be the more motivated and fresher team in this contest. Keep the points, we'll take the Heat outright.