Heading into the restart of the NBA, we all made predictions about how the 8 regular season games that each team had to play would impact the standings. We are only 2 games into the restart, but we have already seen some teams rise to the occasions, while others are struggling to get used to life in the bubble. It certainly is a tough situation and it may take some teams a minute to adjust, but in that time, they might well end up getting passed by teams who have hit the ground running. Let’s preview one of the upcoming matches so you can set down your bets against their NBA odds.
NBA Betting – Boston Celtics Vs Miami Heat Game Preview
The Eastern Conference seedings, as they stand now, seem to be far enough spaced out that we have a pretty good idea of who will land where once this 8-game stand comes to an end. The Miami Heat still have a shot at running down the Boston Celtics for the #3 seed, but they really need to win this one if that is to happen. This is a big game for both teams, and it is the Celtics who are favored by 3 ½ as the “road” team in this one. The point total is set at 223 ½.
Why bet on the Boston Celtics
The Celtics were handed a tough one in their return to the court, opening up with a game against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. They lost than one 119-112, but they did manage to bounce back and get a win in their second game, nabbing a 128-124 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. As strange as it sounds given the current situation the Celtics are in as the home team in this one. In road games this season, they are a very respectable 20-13. In conference games, they are 27-11, but they have not been great against teams with winning records, going 14-14 in those outings. On the bright side, they are on a run of winning 5 straight games versus the Miami Heat. They are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 road games versus Miami.
Why bet on the Miami Heat
The Miami Heat returned to action knowing that they had a tough schedule ahead of them over the next few days. There was real reason to be optimistic when they pounded a very good Denver Nuggets team 125-105 in their first game back, but they lost some of the mojo with a 107-103 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday afternoon. The bad news for Miami now is that they don’t have a ton of time to rest up and prepare for the next game on Tuesday night. The Heat have had some success versus teams with a winning record this season, going 15-11. In games versus conference foes, their record is very similar to that of Boston, at 28-11. In their last 7 games as an underdog, the Miami Heat are just 1-6 SU.
- When: Tuesday, August 4 at 6:30 PM EST
- Where: Wide World of Sports, Orlando
- Celtics Vs Heat Live: TNT
- Money Lines: Celtics -150 / Heat +130
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The fact that the Heat have struggled when playing as the underdog combined with them playing on consecutive days has me leaning towards the Boston Celtics here. I think they win and cover the spread in this one.
Pick: Boston Celtics 117 Miami Heat 109