Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics Prediction NBA Picks 4/24/24

Boston Celtics (65-18) vs Miami Heat (47-38)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -14.5 --- Over/Under: 206.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics duke it out in a pivotal NBA Playoffs Game 2 at the TD Garden on Wednesday night. Here’s a Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics prediction.

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat must have had eyes on pulling off the big upset to start the series, but instead they get run off the floor by 114-94 at the hands of the Celtics in Game 1 on Sunday. Bam Adebayo led the team with 24 points on 10 of 18 shooting, Delon Wright added 17 points on six of seven shooting off the bench while Jaime Jacquez Jr chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Heat shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 37 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep pace with the Celtics from the tipoff and trailed in this one by as many as 34 points before they finished with a flurry in the fourth quarter to keep the final scores somewhat respectable. Tyler Herro had a quiet game of just 11 points on four of 13 shooting while Haywood Highsmith finished scoreless on zero of four shooting off the bench.

Boston Celtics

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics will be gunning for a 2-0 series lead after taking care of business in a dominant win in the series opener on Sunday. Jayson Tatum led the team with a triple-double of 23 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Derrick White added 20 points while Kristaps Porzingis chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 47 percent from the field and a sizzling 22 of 49 from the 3-point line as they poured in 34 points in the second quarter to take a 15-point lead into halftime, before they dominated the third quarter by 31-14 to put the game to bed early.

Boston Celtics Player Facts

  • Al Horford ranks 1st amongst qualified Centers for 3P% (41.9%) this season.
  • Jrue Holiday ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for 3P% (42.9%) this season.

Miami Heat Player Facts

  • Bam Adebayo ranks 4th amongst qualified Forwards for rebounds per game (10.4) this season.
  • Tyler Herro ranks 12th amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.1) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+11.3).
  • The Celtics rank T1st in the league for blocks per game this season (6.6).
  • The Heat rank 30th in the league for blocks per game this season (3.4).
  • The Heat rank 29th in the league for H2 points per game this season (53.3).

Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics prediction

The Heat are still going to be shorthanded with Jimmy Butler and Terry Rozier both out again, while the Celtics are still slightly shorthanded with Luke Kornet still out. The Heat were always going to struggle to keep pace with the Celtics without Butler in the lineup, but I don't think we're going to see much of a fight back until the series shifts to Miami. The Celtics hold all the momentum at the moment and they barely broke a sweat doing it, so while I have the Celtics winning this and taking a 2-0 series lead, I think the Heat can hang around long to get a backdoor cover.

Peter’s Pick Miami +14.5

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