NBA Betting Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat – Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at 7:05 PM
Where: American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fl.
Point Spread: Boston Celtics -1
Betting Total: 210
This game is being played at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida with the tip-off scheduled to take place at 7:00 PM on TNT.
WagerWeb has set the point spread for this game at Boston Celtics -1 and betting total for over/under plays at 210 points.
The Boston Celtics are sitting in 5th place in the Eastern Conference Playoff Picture. They have won 4 games straight and 7 of the last 10 games overall. Boston has gone 25-15 SU and 22-18 ATS on the season.
The Celtics are known for playing tough defense but this year, they have also shown more signs of being an offensive unit, which has played 24 of their 39 games over the posted total. Their defense is ranked 3rd overall in the NBA while their offense is scoring 111.9 points per game and ranked 11th in the NBA.
Kyrie Irving leads the Celtics this year. Irving is averaging 22.9 points per game and is shooting .407 from beyond the 3-point line.
The Celtics are coming into this game off a 135-108 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday Night. The Celtics will be playing in their second game in as many days, which may be an issue since they have to fly from Boston to Miami, which isn’t a small flight.
The Miami Heat are just one spot behind the Boston Celtics in 6th place in the Eastern Conference Playoff Picture. The Heat are 1 game under .500 with a record of 19-20. They have been decent as a betting option, with a 21-18 ATS record. They have lost their last 2 games overall and 4 of their last 5 ATS.
The Heat have been a unique team in the fact that they actually have a better record on the road than they do at home. The Heat are 9-12 at home compared to 10-8 on the road.
The Heat have won games this year by having the 5th ranked defense in the NBA. They are allowing just 105.7 points per game and are led by SG Josh Richardson. Richardson is averaging 18.1 points per game and is shooting .374 from the 3-point line.
Boston Edges Out Miami In Close Matchup
This game is going to be close. Normally, the edge here naturally would go to Miami being at home but Boston is really playing decent basketball right now. I think they are the better team and I think that Miami is going to struggle to score in this game.
With Boston approaching their halfway mark of the season, I expect them to start playing even stronger and I also expect them to make some moves to get better on the offensive side of the ball. Look for them to start out a bit sluggish in the game but come on strong late. You have to expect them to play slow out the gate as they will be flying from the northern part of the US in Boston, Massachusetts to the southernmost part of the US in Miami, Florida! They are going to win this game and I will play them on the money line for -105.