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Heat vs. Celtics line, picks: Advanced NBA model releases selections for Saturday's Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals Matchup

SportsLine's projection model generated selections for Saturday's NBA playoff matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat
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Rivals clash when the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat square off in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Boston as the six-point favorite in the latest Heat vs. Celtics odds, while the Over-Under is set at 208 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds page). 

Before making any Heat vs. Celtics picks, you NEED to check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters the conference finals round of the 2022 NBA playoffs on a stunning 87-59 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,100. Anyone following it has seen HUGE returns!

The model knows Boston guard Marcus Smart returned to the floor in Game 2 and provided a massive boost. Smart is a true lockdown defender who can guard multiple positions at a high level. The Oklahoma State product is a solid playmaker with a reliable jumper from 3-point land. Smart is averaging 15.8 points, 6.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. In the Game 2 win, he dropped 24 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists. 

The model also knows Miami forward Jimmy Butler is an impact player on both ends of the court. Butler plays defense at maximum effort and has a knack for steals. The six-time All-Star has a nice mid-range game while being a solid passer. He leads the team in points (29.8), rebounds (7.6) and steals (2.2). In his last matchup, he finished with 29 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Now, it has set its sights on Heat vs. Celtics. We can tell you the model is leaning Under the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NBA picks.

Who wins Celtics vs. Heat? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of Celtics vs. Heat spread you should be all over Saturday, all from the model on a roll on NBA picks!

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