Heat vs. Celtics Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 24 (Boston's Defense Comes Up Big in South Beach)
Heat vs. Celtics Game Info
- Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
- Time: 7:30 PM ET
- Venue: FTX Arena -- Miami, Florida
- Coverage: TNT and NBCS-BOS
Tuesday, Jan. 24's NBA schedule features seven games, including a showdown between the Miami Heat (26-22) and Boston Celtics (35-13) at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT.
The Heat aim to win back-to-back games after notching a 100-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Celtics hope to bounce back after Monday's 113-98 loss to the Orlando Magic halted Boston's winning streak at nine games.
Can the Heat win their fifth straight home game tonight? Or will the Celtics prove that their latest loss was an anomaly?
Heat vs. Celtics Odds & Spread
- All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: BOS: (+126) | MIA: (-148)
- Spread: BOS: +3 (-110) | MIA: -3 (-110)
- Total: 217.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
The Heat enter this contest as slim home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 217.5 points with -110 odds on both sides.
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Heat vs. Celtics Betting Trends
- The Heat compiled a 45-35-2 ATS record last year.
- As 1.5-point underdogs or more, the Celtics went 9-7-1 against the spread last season.
- Last season, 46 Heat games went over the point total.
- There were 41 Celtics games (out of 82) that hit the over last year.
Heat vs. Celtics Prediction & Pick
The Celtics already proved earlier this season that they can beat the Heat on the road, picking up a 111-104 victory at Miami-Dade Arena on Oct. 21. In fact, the Celtics are 6-1 in their last seven trips to South Beach and are one of the NBA's best road teams this season, going 17-8 with a plus-2.7 scoring margin in away games (No. 1).
And even though the Celtics played last night, they'll be just fine. After all, Boston in the second of back-to-back games this season, averaging 123.3 PPG while shooting 49.1% from the field and 45.4% from three-point range.
The Heat are good, but the fact that they only shot .438/.235/.815 in their win against the Pelicans is nothing to brag about. There's no doubt that the Celtics will make them pay if there's a similar performance.
Bacck Boston to return to its winning ways tonight.
Final Score Prediction: Celtics: 110 | Heat: 106
Heat vs. Celtics Best Bet
The Heat's Bam Adebayo heads into tonight's game with a projected rebound total of 10.5. He's had no issue surpassing that number in recent weeks, averaging 11.1 rebounds in his last 10 games while finishing with the over in seven of those contests.
Having said that, Adebayo hasn't had that same success against the Celtics. The veteran center is only averaging 7.3 RPG in his last nine games against Boston, finishing with fewer than 10.5 boards in all but one of those outings.
Even with Robert Williams (knee) being questionable for tonight's action, the Celtics' defense is more than good enough to give Adebayo a rough night in the pain.
Bet: Bam Adebayo — Rebounds: Under 10.5 (-111)
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