NBA Betting Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat – Thursday, Jan. 21, 2019

by | Jan 21, 2019 | NBA

Matchup at a Glance

Where: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
When: Monday, January 21st at 6:00 PM ET
Spread: Boston -7.5
Total: 215

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BetDSI has the Boston Celtics listed as 7.5 point favorites over the Miami Heat. The Boston Celtics enter this game with a record of 28-18 and have won three of their last five games including three wins in a row and are coming off a road win against the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 113-105.

The Miami Heat enter this game with a record of 22-22 and have won three of their last five games and are coming off a road win against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday by a score of 117-103 which ended their two-game losing streak. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Miami Heat.

Miami Heat

The Heat are 22-22 overall and 24-20 ATS. The Miami Heat are only a .500 team and we’ll likely remain that way for the rest of the season, but since they play in the Eastern Conference which is the easier of the two conferences they will likely make the playoffs again this season. They are currently in 7th place in the Eastern Conference and trail the Milwaukee Bucks by 11 games for the top spot in the conference. Miami is 24-20 ATS overall, 12-9 ATS after a win, 13-8 ATS on the road and 14-7 ATS as an underdog.

Josh Richardson leads the team in scoring, assists and steals with 753 points, 164 assists and 45 steals. Hassan Whiteside leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 467 rebounds and 92 blocks.

Miami is averaging 106.11 points per game which ranks 26th in the NBA. They are averaging 11.75 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 4th in the NBA. They are averaging 23.75 assists per game which ranks 19th in the NBA.

The Heat are allowing 105.82 points per game which ranks 4th in the NBA. They are averaging 35.18 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 11th in the NBA. They are averaging 7.5 steals per game which ranks 17th in the NBA.

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Boston Celtics

The Celtics are 28-18 overall and 24-22 ATS. The Boston Celtics are starting to look like one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference which is what most expected them to be entering the season. They are currently in 5th place in the Eastern Conference and trail the Milwaukee Bucks by 6 games for the top spot in the conference. Boston is 24-22 ATS overall, 15-12 ATS after a win, 15-7 ATS at home and 21-17 ATS as a favorite.

Kyrie Irving leads the team in scoring and assists with 959 points and 278 assists. Jayson Tatum leads the team in rebounds with 290. Marcus Smart leads the team in steals with 80. Al Horford leads the team in blocks with 49.

Boston is averaging 112.07 points per game which ranks 14th in the NBA. They are averaging 10.26 offensive rebounds per game which is tied for 16th in the NBA. They are averaging 25.93 assists per game which ranks 6th in the NBA.

The Celtics are allowing 105.91 points per game which ranks 5th in the NBA. They are averaging 34.93 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 13th in the NBA. They are averaging 8.63 steals per game which ranks 8th in the NBA.

Boston gets the win, but the Heat get the cover

Both of these teams should be playoff teams in the Eastern Conference. Boston is the better team overall compared to the Heat, but the Heat are 13-8 ATS on the road and 14-7 ATS as an underdog. 8 points is also a lot to give up even with one of the better defenses in the NBA. I look for Boston to get the win, but I love the Heat with the points. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.

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