Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Prediction, 5/29/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2022
Location: FTX Arena in Miami, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+1)
The Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena on Sunday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston opens this game as 1-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total is set at 197.5.
The Celtics stepped onto the hardwood against the Heat and took a loss by a score of 111-103 in Game 6. When talking about personal fouls, the Celtics walked away with 28 and the Heat finished the game with 17 personal fouls. They buried 15 out of their 35 shots from beyond the arc. Miami finished the contest at 96.0% from the charity stripe by burying 24 of 25 shots. Additionally, Miami had 26 rebounds (11 offensive, 15 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Miami earned 37 assists and had 25 steals for the game. In the matter of the defense, Boston allowed the other team to shoot 46.2% from the field on 36 out of 78 shooting. They also doled out 22 dimes in this game as well as forcing the other team into 2 turnovers and earning 10 steals. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 34 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Celtics knocked down 28 of 31 tries for a percentage of 90.3%. Boston ended the game with a 44.4% field goal percentage (32 of 72) and buried 11 of their 33 shots from distance.
Jayson Tatum is a guy who came through for this contest. Tatum ended up shooting 75.0% from the field and also totaled 4 assists. He saw the court for 45 minutes played and also totaled 9 rebounds. He notched 30 points on 9 out of 12 shooting.
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Boston will enter this contest with a record of 51-31 for the campaign. They are averaging 111.8 pts per contest (12th in the NBA) while shooting 46.6% from the field. The Celtics are connecting on 35.6% from downtown (1,085 of 3,044) and 81.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Boston is grabbing 46.1 boards per contest and has totaled 2,036 dimes so far this season, which ranks 14th in the NBA in terms of passing. They turn it over 13.6 times per game and as a unit they commit 18.5 fouls per contest.
On defense, the Celtics are forcing 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.4 personal fouls. They are 1st in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,773 surrendered for the season. The Celtics are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 43.4% (3,137 of 7,221) and they surrender 43.7 boards per contest as a basketball team. They surrender 33.9% on shots from downtown and they are 1st in the league in PPG allowed (104.5).
When it comes to rebounding in Game 6, Miami permitted Boston to collect 28 overall (6 on the offensive glass). They finished shooting 33.3% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 11 out of 33 and finished the game at 28 out of 31 from the charity stripe (90.3%). The Heat allowed the Celtics to bury 32 of their 72 tries from the field which had them shooting 44.4% for the contest. When this game wrapped up, the Heat finished 36 out of 78 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.2%. When it comes to 3-point attempts, Miami converted 15 out of 35 attempts (42.9%). They were able to knock down 24 of those for a clip of 96.0%. The Celtics had 17 fouls for this game which took the Heat to the charity stripe for a total of 25 tries. They coughed it up 17 times, while getting 10 steals for the matchup. The Heat were able to corral 26 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 37 in this game.
Jimmy Butler ended up being a major contributor for the Heat in the game. He made 16 of 29 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 55.2%, and had 9 rebounds. Butler accumulated 47 points in his 46 mins of playing time and had 8 dimes in this contest.
Miami has a win-loss mark of 53-29 on the year. The Heat commit 20.5 fouls every game and they shoot 80.8% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 25.5 times per game (8th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 14.6 times per game. Miami has accounted for 9,022 pts on the year (110.0 per contest) and they grab 43.7 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Heat are shooting 46.7% from the floor, which ranks them 13th in basketball.
The Heat defensively are ranked 4th in basketball in points given up per game with 105.6. They have forced 15.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 44.7% from the floor (4th in basketball). The Miami defense surrenders 33.9% on shots from distance (1,064 of 3,138) and their opposition knocks down 77.9% of their free throw shots. They allow 23.3 assists and 41.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 4th and 2nd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (+1)
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