The top teams in the Eastern Conference regular season over the past two seasons clash when the Boston Celtics visit the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. The Celtics (35-13), who are coming off a 113-98 loss at Orlando, are the top seed in the East this season and are 17-8 in road games in 2022-2023. The Heat (26-22), who were the No. 1 seed last season, have won six of the past 10 games and are 15-9 on their home court this year. This will be the fourth and final regular-season meeting between the teams, with the Celtics holding a 2-1 edge.
Tipoff from FTX Arena in Miami is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Miami is favored by 4.5 points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 215.5 points (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds page).
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The model knows Boston small forward Jayson Tatum has been dominant of late, scoring 30 or more points in three of the last four games, including a 51-point performance in a 130-118 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 16. In Thursday's 121-118 overtime win over Golden State, he poured in 34 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. He has 17 double-doubles and one triple-double on the year, including a 29-point, 14-rebound and 10-assist effort in a 124-95 win over Dallas on Jan. 5. Entering play on Monday, he was averaging 31.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
The model also knows Miami is led by small forward Jimmy Butler, who is the model of consistency when it comes to scoring. He leads the Heat by averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, five assists and 2.1 steals per game, and is averaging 21.1 points in 11 games this month. He has five double-doubles on the season and is Miami's all-time leader in triple-doubles with 11.
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