NBA Playoffs

Heat vs Celtics Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Game 3 on FanDuel Sportsbook

Devon Platana
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics prediction, odds & prop bets for NBA Playoffs Game 3 on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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Heat vs Celtics Game 3 Info

2021-22 NBA Playoffs — Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 (Series Tied 1-1)
Miami Heat (53-29, 24-17 Away) vs. Boston Celtics (51-31, 28-13 Home)
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Venue: TD Garden — Boston, MA
Coverage: ABC

After the two teams combined for 225 points in Game 1, the Heat and Celtics combined for 229 in Game 2. This time, though, it was Boston that walked away with the dominant 127-102 victory to even the series, 1-1.

The series now shifts to TD Garden for Game 3 on Saturday, where the Celtics are 4-2 this postseason. The Heat are likely feeling embarrassed after Game 2 and will try to do anything in their power to pull off an upset win on the road.

Heat vs Celtics Odds & Spread

All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: MIA: (+220) | BOS: (-270)
Spread: MIA: +6.5 (-110) | BOS: -6.5 (-110)
Total: 208 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Odds to Win NBA Finals: MIA: (+550) | BOS: (+180)

It's only natural for the odds to shift in the Celtics' favor as the series heads to Boston. However, it's interesting to see the Celtics as -6.5 favorites considering how the Heat were favored by 3.5 points in Game 2. The total has also increased to 208 from 206.5 last game, however, it's a number that the two teams have easily surpassed in both contests to start the series.

Heat vs Celtics Prediction & Pick

All NBA win probability predictions and picks are according to numberFire.
Prediction: Boston Celtics win (71.0%)

numberFire's projection model likes the Celtics winning in back-to-back games, which is certainly within the realm of possibility. Including the regular season and playoffs, Boston is 23-8 in its last 31 home games, whereas Miami is just 18-13 in its 31 road contests. The Celtics didn't give the Heat any chance to breathe last game, which should lead to another victory if they can keep it up.

Final Score Prediction: Celtics: 128 | Heat: 112

Heat vs Celtics Betting Trends

- Miami is 14-6 against the spread (ATS) in its last 20 games.
- Boston is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games.
- The total has hit the over in four of Miami's last five road games against Boston.
- The total has hit the over in nine of Boston's last 12 games against Miami.

When it comes to the spread, the Heat and Celtics have been equal in recent history, with each team going 5-5 ATS in their last 10 meetings. The real money here could be on the over/under, especially with the total set at 208. The over is consistently hit when Boston and Miami meet, with the two squads combining for at least 209 points in eight of their last 10 matchups.

Heat vs Celtics Best Bet

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The Heat and Celtics boast two of the top defensive units in the entire NBA, but that hasn't stopped the two teams from consistently hitting the over in recent history.

That shouldn't be any different in Game 3 with key defenders such as Marcus Smart, Kyle Lowry and Al Horford playing at less than 100% or not playing at all, in some cases.

Both opponents are going to want to start off strong with a trip to the NBA Finals being only three victories away. As a result, fans should be prepare for another potential high-scoring affair.

Bet Over 208 Points (-110)

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