The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics find themselves in completely different scenarios heading into their Sunday night matchup inside TD Garden. The Heat are all-the-way healthy and coming off a high-scoring victory, while the Boston Celtics have 10 players being impacted by COVID-19 protocols and injuries.
8 of those players — Jayson Tatum, Javonte Green, Kemba Walker, Grant Williams, Robert Williams III, Tristan Thompson, Carsen Edwards, and Romeo Langford — are all considered OUT for the Boston Celtics. Jaylen Brown and Semi Ojeleye are considered day-to-day.
The recent news is a huge blow to one of the best teams in the East, but it’s one the Miami Heat will need to take advantage of. They aren’t having the best start to the season and a win would put them over .500 for the first time this season. One team’s shortcomings are often another team’s greatest treasure.
Boston Celtics Betting Preview: Can the Celtics overcome a limited lineup?
The Boston Celtics are 7-3 and are once again proving they’re among the NBA’s best teams — not just in the East. Their duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown work well together, so it’ll be interesting to see how well this team can play once Kemba Walker is regularly healthy.
Unfortunately, the Boston Celtics will be without a lot of their key players and will rely on several players to step up in tonight’s matchup. Players like Marcus Smart, Payton Pritchard, and Daniel Theis will be key moving forward — especially as we learn how much longer they’ll be without some of these guys.
Miami Heat Betting Preview: Will the Heat win their second game in a row?
The Miami Heat are coming off an impressive 128-124 victory over the Washington Wizards — a game that saw Tyler Herro drop 31 and Jimmy Butler drop 28. When those two are working, they’re a difficult team to beat, especially with Bam Adebayo contributing high-effort play each and every night.
After their NBA Finals’ appearance not that long ago, this team can use a victory against the shorthanded Celtics. They have yet to win two games in a row this season, but have the opportunity on Sunday night. At 4-4, this could be a game that sparks a little win-streak by the Heat.
Heat vs. Celtics Betting Odds & Lines
Will the Celtics find a way to pull the upset against the Heat on Sunday? BetOnline has the Miami Heat (-115) with the 6-point advantage over the Boston Celtics (-105). They also have the over/under listed at 212.5 total points, for those that are interested.
Free Betting Pick
The Miami Heat have been on and off ever since the season started. They’re a team that could win or lose on any given night, having beat the Pelicans, Thunder, Wizards, and Bucks, and lost to the Celtics, Mavericks, Bucks, and Magic. The stars are lining up for them to win their fifth game of the season.
I will say I’m excited to see Payton Pritchard with a larger role. He’s an exciting player to watch and has shown some glimpses of explosive play. I’ll take the Miami Heat to cover the spread, but it’ll be an exciting one to watch regardless.
Final Score Prediction 108-99, Miami Heat.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Miami Heat (-6)