Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Prediction, 1/6/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+3.5)
AmericanAirlines Arena is the venue where and the Miami Heat (3-3) will play the Boston Celtics (5-3) on Wednesday. Boston opens this matchup as 3.5-point dogs. The O/U opens at 218.
The Boston Celtics faced the Toronto Raptors and walked away with a win by a score of 126-114 in their last game. Boston finished the contest having earned a 48.8% field goal percentage (41 out of 84) and converted 15 of their 29 shots from downtown. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Celtics converted 29 of their 34 tries for a percentage of 85.3%. With respect to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 56 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 19 assists for this contest as well as getting 3 steals and 9 blocked shots. With respect to defense, Boston let their opponent shoot 40.0% from the floor on 36 out of 90 shooting. Toronto doled out 20 dimes and had 13 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Raptors totaled 37 boards (8 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Toronto ended up shooting 76.3% from the charity stripe by converting 29 of their 38 attempts. They buried 13 of 37 attempts from long range.
Jayson Tatum is someone who was a major contributor in this contest. He recorded 40 points on 11 of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 31:41 mins and also collected 6 rebounds. Tatum ended up going 57.9% from the field and also dished out 2 dimes. One more player that came through in this contest for the Celtics was Payton Pritchard. He pulled down 2 rebounds and collected 8 dimes. He ended up going 61.5% from the floor in this game by shooting 8-of-13 (23 points). When this game wrapped up, Pritchard was on the court for 32:22 min.
Boston will enter this game with a win-loss record of 5-3 this year. They average 113.4 points per outing (11th in basketball) while shooting 48.8% from the floor. The Celtics are shooting 40.2% on shots from beyond the arc (98 of 244) and 74.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Boston is collecting 43.8 boards per game and is sitting with 189 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 4th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 16.1 times per contest and as a squad are committing 21.1 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Celtics are forcing 15.5 turnovers per game and they draw 19.8 fouls. They currently rank 26th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 183 surrendered for the season. The Celtics defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.2% (124 of 158) and they concede 41.4 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are relinquishing 36.9% on shots from downtown and they rank 18th in the league in PPG allowed (112.5).
In their last game, the Miami Heat got the victory with a final of 118-90 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat were able to corral 43 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 47 for the contest. They also rejected 2 tries while getting 7 steals for the contest. The Thunder had 15 personal fouls for this game which got the Heat to the charity stripe for a total of 18 tries. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throws for a percentage of 55.6%. When it comes to shooting from downtown, Miami converted 16 of their 34 tries (47.1%). When all was said and done, the Heat shot 46 out of 81 from the field which had them at 56.8%. The Heat permitted the Thunder to make 29 out of 79 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.7% in this game. They wrapped up this game 27.1% from beyond the arc by shooting 13 of 48 and ended up shooting 19 of 27 at the free throw line (70.4%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Miami permitted Oklahoma City to snag 38 in total (6 offensive).
Bam Adebayo ended up being a major contributor for the Heat for this contest. He buried 9 out of 10 in this contest for a rate of 90.0%, which got him 20 points. Adebayo grabbed 8 boards in his 28:24 mins of time on the hardwood and tallied 4 dimes for the game. One more player who came through for Miami was Kelly Olynyk. He was able to score 19 points in 27:30 mins on the court via 7 of 9 from the floor in this contest. Olynyk walked away from this one going 77.8% from the field while collecting 2 assists and 8 boards.
Miami has a win-loss record of 3-3 for the campaign. The Heat are committing 21.0 personal fouls every game and they connect on 75.0% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 26.0 times per contest (8th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 19.2 times per contest. Miami has earned 635 points for the year (105.8 per game) and they snag 41.3 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Heat are connecting on 48.5% from the field, which has them ranked 6th in the league. The Heat defensively are ranked 9th in the league in points allowed per game with 107.7. They concede 22.8 assists and 43.5 rebounds per game, which ranks them 8th and 9th in the NBA. The Miami defense surrenders 37.5% on three-point shots (90 of 240) and their opponents are knocking down 75.2% of their foul shots. They have forced 17.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.5% from the floor (5th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (+3.5)
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