Sunday, March 26, 2017
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The Miami Heat travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Sunday, March 26, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Boston as 6 point favorites.
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The Heat come into this game with an overall record of 35-37. They are 3rd in the Southeast Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.7 as they are averaging 102.7 points per game while giving up 102.0 per contest. The Celtics have an overall record of 47-26. They currently are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 107.7 points per game and surrendering 105.1, good for a point differential of 2.6.
Valuable Miami Heat Betting Trends
The Miami Heat are 44-28-0 against the spread
The Miami Heat are 33-39-0 against the over/under
Important Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 37-34-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 34-38-1 against the over/under
Key Miami Heat Injuries
12/27/16 F Josh McRoberts Foot out indefinitely
10/22/16 F Chris Bosh Blood Clot out for season
03/25/17 C Hassan Whiteside Ankle injured last game, probable Sunday vs. Boston
03/18/17 G Dion Waiters Ankle out indefinitely
01/04/17 F Justise Winslow Shoulder out for season
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
03/25/17 PG Avery Bradley Illness "?" Sunday vs. Miami
Goran Dragic comes into this contest averaging 20.1 points per game while playing 33.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Heat. He pulls down 3.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is currently at 79%. Hassan Whiteside averages 16.8 points per game in 32.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 0.7 assists per contest and 14.2 rebounds per game for Miami. His field goal percentage is 56% for the year while his free throw percentage is 62%.
Al Horford averages 14.3 points per game while playing 32.6 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 6.8 rebounds per game and has 5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage currently is at 79%. Isaiah Thomas averages 29.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.6 rebounds per contest and 6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 91%.
Useful Team Statistics
Miami averages 102.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 23rd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.76 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 15th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 11th in the league. They average 43.8 rebounds per game and 21.3 assists per game which ranks them 12th and 22nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 20th with 13.4 per game. The Heat allow 102 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 7th and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.8 rebounds a game which ranks 16th and they give up 19.4 assists per contest which puts them in 2nd place in the league. They force 13.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston averages 107.7 points per game this year which ranks them 8th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.66 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 18th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 13th in the NBA. They average 42 rebounds per game and 24.9 assists per contest which ranks them 26th and 4th respectively. In the turnover department the Celtics rank 22nd with 13.3 per game. The Celtics allow 105.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 14th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 9th and 2nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 44.6 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 22.5 assists per contest which puts them in 11th place in the league. The Celtics force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the NBA.
The Heat have an offensive rating of 107.4 and a defensive rating of 106.6. In terms of pace they average 95.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 31% of their shots. Miami turns the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The Celtics rating on offense is 111 and they have a defensive rating of 108.3. They get 96.6 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 39% of their shot attempts. Boston turns the ball over on 12.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Who will win tonight's Heat/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston -6
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