Celtics vs. Heat - 2/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (32-25) at Boston Celtics (34-25)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -6 -- Over/Under: 212 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, CSNN
The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics square off early Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden.
The Miami Heat look to keep rolling after winning nine of their last 13 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 97.1 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 96.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.9 points and 4.7 assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 12.8 points and 5.4 assists. Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 11.4 rebounds and Luol Deng is dishing 1.5 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won six of their last seven road games.
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The Boston Celtics also look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 106.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.6 points and 6.8 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Jared Sullinger is dishing 2.4 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won nine straight home games.
The Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 21-8 ATS in their last 29 Saturday games. The Heat are 4-13 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Boston and 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
Crazy enough, the Heat are actually playing better basketball without Chris Bosh, which includes leading the Warriors with about 40 seconds left. Boston and Miami usually play tight games. The points will come in handy here.