Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 19 (5/19): NBA

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 19 (5/19): NBA

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Odds

Time 8:30 p.m. EST
Celtics money line +140
Celtics spread +4 (-110)
Heat money line -165
Heat spread -4 (-110)
Over / under 207.5
 

2021-2022 season stats

  Boston Celtics Miami Heat
Record 59-35 62-32
Road / home record 27-20 36-12
Streak L1 W3
Points per game 111.39 109.68
Points allowed per game 104.41 104.61
Rebounds per game 45.50 43.44
Rebounds allowed per game 43.59 41.20
Over / under record 46-47-1 51-42-1
 

Preview

The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics will play the Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the FTX Arena on Thursday night. The Heat beat the Celtics in Game 1. Butler scored 27 of his 41 points in the second half, and a huge third quarter by the Heat carried them to a 118-107 win over the short-handed Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics

The Celtics have won 3 of their last 5 games and are 27-20 on the road with a 59-35 record ranking second in the Atlantic Division. The Celtics are 41-23 in Eastern Conference games. Boston is fifth in the Eastern Conference scoring 111.39 points while shooting 45.5% from the field.

Tatum is scoring 26.9 points per game with 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is averaging 22.1 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 48.8% over the last 10 games for Boston.

In their last 10 games, the Celtics are 6-4, averaging 107 points, 41.3 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 7.1 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.2 points.

Miami Heat 

The Heat have won 3 games in a row and are 36-12 at home, they have a 62-32 record overall ranking first in the Southeast. The Heat have gone 44-20 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami leads the league in 3-point percentage, shooting 37.9% as a team from downtown this season. Victor Oladipo paces the team shooting 41.7% from 3-point range.

Duncan Robinson is shooting 37.2% from beyond the arc with 2.9 made 3-pointers per game for the Heat, while averaging 10.9 points. Butler is averaging 28.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.2 steals over the past 10 games for Miami.

In the playoffs the Heat are 7-3, averaging 106.6 points, 41.5 rebounds, 21.8 assists, 8.1 steals and 3 blocks per game while shooting 46.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 98.3 points per game.

BETTING TRENDS

Boston are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against Miami.

Boston are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games on the road.

Miami are 15-4 SU in their last 19 games.

The total has gone OVER in 8 of Miami's last 11 games against Boston.

Prediction

The Heat took the lead 1-0 in the series but they lost 3 of the 4 quarters in the game. The Celtics will have the defensive player of the year in Marcus Smart so expect a much closer game this time. Boston is 9-1 in their last 10 games on the road. I'm taking the Celtics to cover.

PICK: Celtics +4 (-110)

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