Boston Celtics (25-15) @ Miami Heat (19-20)
NBA: Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm ET (American Airlines Arena)
Line: Boston -3.5
Free NBA Pick Miami Heat Vs. Boston Celtics
The Celtics travel to Miami to take on the Heat in the debt of Winter. The game time temperature is expected to be a balmy 64 degrees. Will the Celtics, winners of 4 straight, beat the Heat and keep on sizzlin’?
Miami has dropped its last 2 games. They lost at Atlanta and at home to Denver. Prior to that, they had won 8 of 10. The Heat are clearly trending in the right direction even though they are a game below .500 overall. A record of 19-20 sounds bad, but it’s good enough for 7th place in the perennially lackluster Eastern Conference. Miami catches Boston on a back-to-back after the Celtics swept a 4-game homestand with wins over Minnesota, Dallas, Brooklyn, and Indiana.
Goran Dragic has been injured since December 12th and won’t be back until late February. The Heat have no other injuries to note.
Boston is 15-5 at home this season but only 10-10 on the road. Thursday will be a difficult game to win on the road on the 2nd leg of a back-to-back. The Celtics beat the Pacers in Boston Wednesday night. At 25-15, Boston finds itself just two spots higher than 19-20 Miami in the standings. How can that be? So far this season, the Eastern Conference is the tale of 2 leagues. The top 5 teams have a combined record of 144-67 while the bottom 10 teams are a combined 150-259.
The Celtics will be without role player Aron Baynes as he continues to recover from a hand injury. The rest of the Celtics will suit up against Miami Thursday night.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
4-1 ATS in its last 5 games against Boston
11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
8-4 SU in its last 12 games
1-4 ATS in its last 5 games against Miami
8-16 ATS in its last 24 road games
Free NBA Pick Boston Celtics Vs. Miami Heat
What would you rather do? Play a basketball game, sleep in your own bed 2 nights in a row, and then play another basketball game OR play a basketball game, fly to another city, sleep in a hotel, and then play another basketball game the next day. The 1st team in that scenario is the Heat. The 2nd is the Celtics.
On top of the fact the Celtics are on a back-to-back, they also have only won half of their road games this season. Winning half your road games would be impressive for a lot of teams in the NBA but not the Celtics. While the Heat are 8-4 in their last 12 games, the Celtics are just 7-5. The Celtics have a tough travel schedule, they’re playing on the road, and they’re playing against a team who is playing well as of late. Take Miami in this one.
Pick: Miami +3.5