Heat at Celtics - 4/13/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (48-33) at Boston Celtics (47-34)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, SUN, CSNN
The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics end the regular season Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
The Miami Heat look to secure the third seed in the East with a victory. The Miami Heat are averaging 100.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 98.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 19.1 points and 4.7 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.2 points and 11.9 rebounds. Goran Dragic is dishing 5.9 assists and Joe Johnson is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost five of their last eight road games.
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The Boston Celtics hope to secure home court in the first round with a victory. The Boston Celtics are averaging 105.9 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 102.6 points on 44 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 22.3 points and 6.2 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Evan Turner is dishing 4.5 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won 10 of their last 13 home games.
The Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games. The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Heat are 4-14 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Boston and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.
Both teams are fighting for home court in the first round. While the Celtics have the rest advantage and are at home, the Heat are still the better team here. I'll take my chances with the points.