Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics - 11/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (9-7) at Miami Heat (5-11)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm (American Airlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat meet Monday night in a NBA contest at the American Airlines Arena on NBATV.
The Boston Celtics hope to continue playing good basketball after winning six of their last nine games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 104 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 26.1 points and 6.3 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 17.9 points and eight rebounds. Al Horford is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won four of their last five road games.
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The Miami Heat could use a feel good victory after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 95.6 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 97.4 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Hassan Whiteside is averaging 16.8 points and 14.9 rebounds while Goran Dragic is averaging 15.3 points and 5.6 assists. Dion Waiters is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.9 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost four of their last five home games.
The Celtics are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Miami and 35-17 ATS in the last 52 meetings overall.
The Celtics will be without Al Horford and the Heat have been able to compete this season despite their poor record. Miami has a lot of close losses. I don't love this game, but if I had to pick, I'd side with the Heat and the free bucket.