Boston Celtics (1-0) vs. Miami Heat (0-1)
October 21, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Miami Heat +2.5; Over/Under: +214
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The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat meet Friday in NBA action at the FTX Arena. The Boston Celtics look for a quick 2-0 start. The Miami Heat look to get back to a .500 record.
The Boston Celtics are averaging 126 points on 56.1 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 50 percent shooting. Jaylen Brown is averaging 35 points and 3 rebounds, while Jayson Tatum is averaging 35 points and 4 assists. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and Grant Williams is grabbing 1 rebound. The Boston Celtics are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game.
The Miami Heat are averaging 108 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 116 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Tyler Herro is averaging 23 points and 6 rebounds. Max Strus is the third double-digit scorer and Bam Adebayo is grabbing 9 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.
The Celtics are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 road games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Friday games. The Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 road games. The over is 17-5 in Heat last 22 Friday games. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Miami.
Two well coached teams that take pride with their defense and physicality. Big matchup this early in the season, as they met last year in the eastern conference finals and could meet again at some point. We saw slow paced games, contested shots and physical play through 7 games. I doubt things are going to be different here. I like the under in this spot as points will be tough to come by.