Boston Celtics (3-2) at Miami Heat (2-2)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat +1.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat meet Saturday in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.
The Boston Celtics look for a fourth straight victory to build on their 3-2 start to the NBA season. The Boston Celtics are averaging 101.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 96 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 20.8 points and 6.2 assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. Al Horford is the third double-digit scorer and Jayson Tatum is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won six of their last 10 road games.
The Miami Heat could use their third home win to get a game above a .500 record. The Miami Heat are averaging 106.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Hassan Whiteside is averaging 26 points and 22 rebounds while Goran Dragic is averaging 19.8 points and four assists. Dion Waiters is the third double-digit scorer and James Johnson is grabbing six rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 43.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won 12 of their last 17 home games.
The Celtics are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games, 23-9 ATS in their last 32 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest, 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Miami, 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 13-4 ATS in the last 17 meetings.
The Heat are still without their big man and continue to struggle on defensive without him. Miami isn't the same team without Whiteside in the middle of the paint. Meanwhile, the Celtics are learning how to play together and seem to improve at both ends with each passing game, especially defensively with Marcus Smart back. I have to side with the Celtics and the small chalk. I don't have a lot of confidence with the Heat as long as one of their best players is injured.