Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Predictions, NBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/4/2020
Game: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Location: HP Field House in Orlando, Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Boston -3.5
HP Field House is the venue where Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat (42-25, 1st in the Southeast Division) will play the Boston Celtics (44-22, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) on Tuesday. Boston opens this matchup as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 223.
The Celtics are covering 61.3% of the time, having gone 38-24-4 ATS. Miami is covering 52.3% of the time, going 34-31-2 against the spread.
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Miami Heat Injuries
No key injuries to report
Kemba Walker comes into this contest averaging 21.0 points per game while playing 31.4 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 87%. Jayson Tatum averages 23.4 points per game in 34.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.0 assists per contest and 7.0 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Jimmy Butler averages 20.3 points per game while playing 34.2 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.6 rebounds per game and has 6.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 83%. Bam Adebayo averages 16.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.5 rebounds per contest and 5.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 57% and his free throw percentage is 69%.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston averages 113.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 11th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 5.9 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 17th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 11th in the league. They average 45.8 rebounds per game and 22.7 assists per game, which ranks them 9th and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 24th with 13.7 per game. The Celtics allow 107.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 3rd in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 4th and 3rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.2 rebounds a game which ranks 10th and they give up 22.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 2nd place in the league. They force 15.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Miami is 15th in the league with 112.3 points per game this year. They are 6th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 3.5. They shoot 38% from 3-point range, which is good for 1st in the NBA. They are 18th in the league in rebounding with 44.4 boards per game, and 5th in assists per contest with 26.0. The Heat are 13th in turnovers per game with 14.9. The Heat surrender 108.9 points per contest, which ranks them 11th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 7th and 5th in those defensive statistics. They rank 19th with 24.8 assists allowed per contest and 2nd with 42.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Heat are 8th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.7 per game.
The Celtics are 4th in the NBA in offensive rating with 113.1, and their defensive rating of 107.2 is ranked 5th. In terms of pace they are 18th in the league with 99.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 17th. As a team they are 12th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 14th in the league. Boston is 25th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 25th in the league.
Miami is 7th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 19th in the league. The Heat are 5th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.9, and their defensive rating of 109.4 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 27th in the league with 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 2nd. As a team they are 1st in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 7th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Celtics/Heat NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston -3.5
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