Heat vs. Celtics - 3/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (25-35) at Miami Heat (28-34)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, SUN
The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat meet Monday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Boston Celtics look for a win after splitting their last six games. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 101 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 102.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21 points and 5.1 assists while Kelly Olynyk is averaging 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. Brandon Bass is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Tyler Zeller is shooting 54.4 percent from the field. The Boston Celtics continue to fight each night and actually find themselves just 2.5 games out of the last playoff spot in the East. The Celtics are coming off a Sunday loss to the Magic in which they shot just 39.3 percent from the field. Avery Bradley is questionable with an elbow injury.
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The Miami Heat look to keep rolling after winning five of their last eight. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 97 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 20.9 points and 5.3 assists while Mario Chalmers is averaging 10.7 points and 4.2 assists. Michael Beasley is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Henry Walker is shooting 33.8 percent from the field. The Miami Heat must continue to win games like this if they’re going to clinch one of the last spots in the East. The Heat also need to play better at home, as they’re just 13-17 SU on their home court. Luol Deng, Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside are questionable with injuries.
The Celtics are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 0 days rest. The Heat are 7-16-3 ATS in their last 26 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The underdog is 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Heat need to keep winning to stay in the playoff race and are by far the better team. Take Miami and lay the bucket.