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nba - Thu 09/17 | 11:00 PM UTC | AdventHealth Arena |

Miami @ Boston

Odds by William Hill Sportsbook
ATS
BOS -3
-1.5
Over / Under
208
209.5
ML
BOS -150
-140

Matchup breakdown

Miami
Boston
PROJ SCORE
58-35
W-L
31-15
51-40
ATS W-L
27-18
53-39
O/U
20-26
2.9
PT DIFF
6.7
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Past Expert Picks

Larry Hartstein

Senior Analyst
Thu 9/17

Miami @ Boston | 09/17 | 11:00 PM UTC

Boston -145

LOSS

The Celtics are kicking themselves after letting Game 1 get away, and I think they bounce back with a Game 2 win. Look for a little better focus and execution from Boston, which should put the Celts over the hump. But I don't like laying the points in what should be a close game, so I'm playing the money line.

Zack Cimini

Contrarian with Chutzpah
Thu 9/17

Miami @ Boston | 09/17 | 11:00 PM UTC

Miami +2.5

WIN

The Miami Heat are 9-1 in the postseason thanks to stout defense in second halves. They’ve also had an uncanny team chemistry to rely on and several different hot hands in key stretches. Expect the Heat to carry over the confidence of game one’s victory into another strong performance Thursday.

+1001 22-11-1 IN LAST 34 BOS ATS PICKS
+566 20-13-1 IN LAST 34 MIA ATS PICKS

Tom Fornelli

#TrustTheProcess
Thu 9/17

Miami @ Boston | 09/17 | 11:00 PM UTC

Miami +2.5

WIN

I'm starting to come around on the idea of just never betting against the Miami Heat. While they were only 2-6 ATS in their eight "regular season" games in the bubble, they've been a covering machine since the playoffs started. In 11 playoff games, the Heat are 10-1 ATS (!). The only time they didn't cover was Game Four against Milwaukee. That night, the Heat were two-point underdogs and lost by three. So they're a basket away from being 11-0 ATS in the postseason. Meanwhile, the Celtics have only managed to cover twice in the last six games they've been favored.

+690 8-1 IN LAST 9 BOS ATS PICKS
+80 3-2 IN LAST 5 MIA ATS PICKS

Mike Barner

NBA Specialist
Thu 9/17

Miami @ Boston | 09/17 | 11:00 PM UTC

Miami +2.5

WIN

The Heat once again are underdogs despite having won Game 1. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic have been a potent scoring duo throughout the playoffs, and the Celtics are an excellent matchup for Bam Adebayo given their lack of size up front. This should be another close game that Miami very well could win, so I’ll take the points.

+1560 20-4 IN LAST 24 MIA ATS PICKS
+558 10-4-1 IN LAST 15 BOS ATS PICKS

Bill Marzano

Veteran Handicapper
Thu 9/17

Miami @ Boston | 09/17 | 11:00 PM UTC

Miami +2.5

WIN

The Heat are both 9-1 SU and ATS in the playoffs. Their only defeat was a three-point OT loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Miami is playing its best basketball of the season and the team is healthy with a deep bench. The Heat are a tough matchup for the Celtics. These two teams are very similar in style of play, but the Heat dominated the paint in Game 1 and shot 47 percent from the field. Miami has several scorers that can beat opponents from beyond the arc. The Heat will once again will try to push the tempo. I’m not a big fan of the zig-zag theory, but some big action has come in on Boston. Either way, it will be close.

+90 2-1 IN LAST 3 MIA ATS PICKS

Miami

player
SFJimmyButler
38.7fan duel$0
39.7draft kings$0
36.4cbs sports
player
PFBamAdebayo
37.5fan duel$0
39.8draft kings$0
34.9cbs sports
player
PGGoranDragic
29.9fan duel$0
32.2draft kings$0
30.4cbs sports
SCORINGMINPTSREBAST3PMFTM
J. ButlerJimmy Butler4019.36.45.20.96.8
G. DragicGoran Dragic3617.73.95.02.23.2
B. AdebayoBam Adebayo3815.110.74.70.04.0
T. HerroTyler Herro3514.84.92.72.41.8
D. RobinsonDuncan Robinson3514.13.51.43.91.0
J. CrowderJae Crowder3111.15.41.82.31.6
K. OlynykKelly Olynyk156.03.41.21.01.0
K. NunnKendrick Nunn83.50.70.70.40.3
A. IguodalaAndre Iguodala173.42.51.50.40.4

PLAYERS LISTED AS OUT OR DOUBTFUL:

No Key Player Injuries
*Questionable players are included in the projection.

Boston

player
SFJaysonTatum
42.6fan duel$0
45.5draft kings$0
40cbs sports
player
PGKembaWalker
34.1fan duel$0
36.3draft kings$0
33.7cbs sports
player
SGJaylenBrown
33.7fan duel$0
36.4draft kings$0
31.5cbs sports
SCORINGMINPTSREBAST3PMFTM
J. TatumJayson Tatum4025.78.03.42.84.9
J. BrownJaylen Brown4021.17.02.12.33.4
K. WalkerKemba Walker3720.54.14.92.84.0
M. SmartMarcus Smart3912.74.54.62.22.3
D. TheisDaniel Theis299.37.21.60.41.5
R. WilliamsRobert Williams195.95.81.00.00.7
B. WanamakerBrad Wanamaker185.41.91.90.41.3
G. WilliamsGrant Williams142.92.20.70.40.5
S. OjeleyeSemi Ojeleye101.91.30.30.40.3

PLAYERS LISTED AS OUT OR DOUBTFUL:

Gordon Hayward
*Questionable players are included in the projection.

last updated: 09/17/2020 22:21 GMT