The Boston Celtics will play host to the Miami Heat on Wednesday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the second-seeded Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, prevailing 112-88 in the last game. The Miami Heat, who made it to the playoffs through the play-in, bested the New York Knicks. They secured their win with a score of 96-92 in the final match. Despite losing the last matchup 98-95, the Boston Celtics hope to get even at home. The Miami Heat will look to inflict another defeat on their hosts.
Form Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics reached the Eastern Conference Finals after an impressive Semifinals victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Their final game ended in a 112-88 win. They now head back to the TD Garden, with a 36-12 home record.
From 95 games this season, the Boston Celtics have scored a solid 117.6 points on average. This gives them bragging rights as one of the NBA’s top-scoring outfits. This team’s defense has been relentless. Ranking as one of the best defenses in the league, they have only allowed 111.0 points per game this season, and just 101.4 points in their last five outings.
The Boston Celtics are a strong contender for the NBA championship. Reaching the Eastern Conference playoffs has only confirmed their potential. With an impressive performance on the court, they aim to continue their journey toward the ultimate glory of an NBA title.
Danilo Gallinari is the only reported injury concern for the Boston Celtics ahead of Wednesday’s game.
Jayson Tatum has been a standout in the playoffs, leading the Boston Celtics in scoring with 28.2 points, as well as averaging 10.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists.
Form Miami Heat
By defeating the New York Knicks with a score of 96-92, the Miami Heat earned their place in the Eastern Conference Finals. This season, they have a record of 20-27 on the road.
The Miami Heat are scoring 109.8 points on average in the NBA this season and 108.6 points on the road. The Miami Heat defense is renowned for its rigidity, with an average of only 109.5 points being given up to their opponents in all fixtures and 110.4 on the road.
Despite the doubts of some, the Miami Heat have made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals, showing their undeniable talent on the court. This impressive feat has cemented their place among the top teams in the league.
Victor Oladipo and Tyler Herro are both set to miss the game.
Jimmy Butler has lit up the scoreboard time and time again. Across his 12 playoff and play-in games, he’s delivered a remarkable 363 points while holding an impressive average of 30.3 points per game. The Miami Heat ace also boasts an average of 1.1 three-point shots during each game.
The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat were split in their 2-2 regular season series. The first game saw the Boston Celtics claiming a 104-111 victory. The Boston Celtics then won the second meeting with a 134-121 result. The third game was won by the Miami Heat by a 116-120 scoreline. The Miami Heat then had a 98-95 triumph in the most recent matchup. Despite the difficulty of beginning a playoff tie away from home, the Miami Heat are optimistic. They have had some positive experiences at the TD Garden in the recent past, having gone 6-4 in their last 10 trips there.
Jayson Tatum double-doubled in the most recent encounter. He led the way for the Boston Celtics with 31 points and snagged a further 14 rebounds. Bam Adebayo put up a stellar double-double in contrast. The Miami Heat star scored 30 points and had a team-high 15 rebounds.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the Boston Celtics managed 103.5 points on average per game, while the Miami Heat put 100.9 points on board.
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- Moneyline (ML): Miami Heat (+265) | Boston Celtics (-330)
- Against the spread (ATS): Miami Heat +7.5 (-105) | Boston Celtics -7.5 (-115)
- Over/Under (O/U): 210.0 (-110) | (-110)
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Bet on the Boston Celtics to win (1.30) on the moneyline.
The Boston Celtics have the advantage going into Wednesday’s game, with -330 moneyline odds being given. This suggests there is a 77% chance of a victory for the hosts. At the TD Garden, they have bagged seven wins in their last ten games. Their last match resulted in a win against the Philadelphia 76ers, 112-88. Despite coming away with a convincing 96-92 victory against the New York Knicks in their last match, the Miami Heat are still the +265 underdogs. They have had a 7-3 record in their last ten games.
We believe that Boston Celtics is a good bet given their performance at the TD Garden, where they have achieved a record of 7-3 in their recent matches. This gives them an advantage over the Miami Heat, who have managed 5-5 when they are away from home.
Against the Spread
Take the Boston Celtics -7.5 (1.87) as they are the best bet.
The Boston Celtics are the 7.5-point favorites over the Miami Heat in the NBA betting lines, leaving them as the clear match favorites. The Miami Heat emerged victorious in three of their last five trips to the TD Garden. The average margin of victory was 6.0 points.
The Boston Celtics have gone 28-20 ATS at the TD Garden and 54-40 ATS for the season. The last ten home contests saw the Boston Celtics cover seven times. They scored 113.7 points per game and gave up 104.2 points on average.
The Miami Heat have gone 20-26-1 ATS on the road. Their overall record for the season is 39-53-3 ATS. The Miami Heat managed to cover in seven out of their last ten games, with an average of 111.6 points scored and 108.0 points conceded.
Go for Total over 210.0 (1.91).
With just 204.4 points thrown down in their last ten showdowns combined, the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat look in for a tense, hold-your-breath kinda duel.
For Wednesday’s game, the total line is set at 210.0. This is 3.0 points less than the combined 213-point average the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat have put up in their last five meetings. Betting on the Over in the total market returns odds of -110.
The Boston Celtics have a 49-44 O/U record for the season. Their last two games ended up below the total. The Boston Celtics had a record of 21-21 O/U when facing teams from the Southeast Division in their most recent matchups. They are 7-3 O/U in their last ten games overall.
The last two Miami Heat games on the road exceeded the total. Their away record is 22-24 O/U. The Miami Heat had six of their previous 10 games going above the predicted total line, averaging 219.6 points.