NBA Basketball Betting Preview: Miami Heat at Boston Celtics

With the NBA regular season inching ever closer to the end, it looks like the Phoenix Suns have the Western Conference all locked up as they look to make another run at the Finals. Things are a little less clear over in the Eastern Conference, where we currently have 4 teams separated by a single game. Any one of those 4 could go on and get the #1 seed, but with time running out, there is zero margin for error. That said, one of those 4 teams is going to lose some ground on Wednesday night, as we have 2 of the top 4 going head-to-head in a game what will go a long way towards deciding who comes out on top.

We will have to wait until Wednesday morning to get the NBA Odds, but you would have to think that Boston might be a slight favorite at home.

Miami Heat at Boston Celtics Betting Preview

When: Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 PM EST
Where: TD Garden, Boston

Why Bet on the Miami Heat

If the season was to end today, it would be the Miami Heat who would head into the postseason as the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference. That said, they are on a run that makes it tough to pick them as the conference winner, going just 4-6 in their last 10 games. That run has seen their lead at the top go from 3 games to just one, with 3 teams all within reach. This will be a real test for the Heat, who are coming off a win last time out, especially since they have already lost both previous meetings with the Celtics this season. During their most recent run of form, the Heat have not been a great bet against the spread, going just 1-7 ATS in the last 8. On a more positive note, they are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games played on the road. In their last 5 visits to Boston, we have seen the OVER hit 4 times.

Why Bet on the Boston Celtics

When you get this close to the end of the season and the playoffs are in sight, you tend to look for teams that are getting hot at just the right time. While they are coming off a loss in their last game, the Boston Celtics still fit that bill, as they are now 8-2 in their last 10 games. Another thing to consider is that they are tied with the Heat for the most conference wins at 30, so this looks like a team ready to make a deep run. In their previous 2 games with the Heat this season, the Celtics have made things look pretty easy, winning by an average of around 24 PPG in those outings. They have been great against conference foes, winning 13 of their last 16, plus they are also 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The OVER has hit in each of their last 6 games.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

It’s always tough to make accurate predictions before the odds are released, but I think it is safe to predict the Celtics to come away with the win here. I would also be taking a close look at the OVER in this one.
Miami Heat 110 Boston Celtics 121



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