Heat vs Celtics Prediction - NBA Picks 5/19/23

Boston Celtics (65-31) vs Miami Heat (54-42)

Game Info: Friday, May 19, 2023 at 8:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -9 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics meet Friday in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

Miami Heat Betting Preview

The Miami Heat are averaging 114.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 46 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 31.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, while Bam Adebayo is averaging 18.3 points and 9.1 rebounds. Gabe Vincent is the third double-digit scorer and Max Strus is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game.

Boston Celtics Betting Preview

The Boston Celtics are averaging 115.6 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 28.3 points and 10.4 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.4 points and 3.5 assists. Marcus Smart is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game.

Heat vs Celtics Trends

The Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Celtics are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The over is 20-7 in Heat last 27 overall. The over is 9-3 in Celtics last 12 overall. The Heat are 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Boston.

Randy’s Free Pick

The Boston Celtics are going to be the obvious favorite because they're at home and down 0-1 in the series, making this a must win spot. However, the Heat has been underdogs all playoffs and here they are 7 wins away from a title. The Heat have covered 9 of their last 11 games as an underdog, and 8 of those covers were outright wins. Also, another win for the Heat here wouldn't be surprising when you consider they have head and shoulders the better coach, which was a difference in the series opener. Give me the points.

Randy’s Pick Miami Heat +9

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