Boston Celtics at Miami Heat Game 4 Betting Preview
The Miami Heat (3-0) will look for the sweep on Tuesday as they host the Boston Celtics (0-3) in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat will host this one at the Kaseya Center, with tipoff scheduled for 8:30 pm ET.
The Heat are the favorite in this one playing at home. They are -118 to win, while the Celtics’ moneyline sits at +100. The spread features Boston +1.5 (-112), and the over/under for total points is 216.5 (-110).
Celtics Have Looked Lost This Series
The Boston Celtics were able to win 4-2 and 4-3 in their first two series, but the Miami Heat have completely stifled the Celtics to this point. Now with their backs against the walls, it is win or go home for a team that looks absolutely lost in the Celtics.
Game 3 highlighted some of the Celtics’ issues. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for just 26 points, 16 rebounds, and four assists in the game.
For reference, these two players averaged 56.7 points, 15.7 rebounds, and 8.1 assists per game during the regular season. If the Celtics have any chance of getting in this series, these two are going to have to play like superstars the rest of the way.
Aside from these two, the Celtics have only two players who have averaged double digits during the postseason.
Both Marcus Smart (15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists) and Al Horford (12 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists) have both been decent thus far this postseason.
Heat Look To Close Out Series At Home
Coming into the playoffs as longshots as the No. 8 seed, the Miami Heat now find themselves just one win away from the NBA Finals. They will look to close out this series at home, where they were 27-14 during the regular season.
Miami has won each game of this series by at least six points, but Sunday’s Game 3 was by far the biggest margin of victory as they won 128-102. In the win, Gabe Vincent had a game-high 29 points.
The Heat’s best player this season continues to be Jimmy Butler. In 13 postseason games, he is averaging 29.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.
Other contributors for the Heat include Bam Adebayo (18.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists), Vincent (12.9 points, 4.1 assists), Caleb Martin (12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds), and Max Strus (11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds).
Take Miami To Win And Cover
Looking at the trends, the Celtics are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games. Furthermore, in their last five games overall, they are 0-5 both straight up and against the spread.
For the Heat, they are 6-1 in their last seven games and undefeated in their last seven games at home. Miami is 10-2 in their last 12 games against Eastern Conference opponents.
It is always tough to call a game like this because gentleman’s sweeps are so common, where the losing team at least picks up one game of the series. Still, every game in this series the Boston Celtics have progressively seemed more and more disinterested.
Until they prove otherwise, it is hard to bet against Miami in this series that they have dominated since the start. For that reason, take Miami to both win and to cover the modest -1.5 point spread (-108).