Do they have enough Heat?
The Miami Heat are solidly in the playoff picture currently sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference two games behind the Celtics. The Heat just came off a gritty loss to the reigning champs Toronto Raptors while shooting 42.5% from the field and 31.1% from three. Goran Dragic led the team with 25 points. The Heat are a very deep team with many contributors like Kendrick Nunn (15.6 ppg), Bam Adebayo with 16.3 points and 10.5 rebounds plus 5.1 assists a game. They also got sharpshooters like Tyler Herro (12.8 points, four boards) and Duncan Robinson (13.3 points). With the addition of Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala at the trade deadline, they are a tough team to beat. Miami is sixth in FG percentage (47.1) and currently has a lot going for them.
The Green Machine
The Boston Celtics are third in the eastern conference ahead of the Heat by two games. In their last game against the Blazers, Celtics got out to an early 13pt lead and eventually led by 19 at the half, but they let Portland get back into it, the Celtics trailed 119-118 with about 2 min to play before regaining control and hold out for the win. Boston shot 54.5 percent from the field, going an impressive 18 of 30 from three. The huge factor is that they won while allowing Portland to shoot 50 percent in the game. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 34 points and eight assists. The Celtics have a lot of players who can make plays on both ends of the floor. They are led by Jayson Tatum, who is emerging as a star, leading the team with 23.4 points and seven rebounds per game, don’t forget about Kemba walker who is a walking bucket (no pun intended) averaging 21 points, four rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. They are supported by Jaylen Brown (20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds), Gordon Hayward (17.4 points, 6.6 boards) and Marcus Smart (13.5 points, 4.8 assists). The Celtics just have so many playmakers on both sides of the ball.
On paper, these teams are very evenly matched that is why this game is hard to bet. The Miami Heat are coming off a hard-fought game that they lost and cannot afford to lose another game if they want to catch up to the Celtics. In addition, in their last five games, the Celtics ranked 15th in defensive rating (Miami are 6), they allowed Portland to shoot 50% from the field, and you cannot do that against the Heat the shooters on they will punish you.
I got to Heat win so hit the money(+130)
Take the under at 219.5(-115)