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Sport 2020 NBA Playoffs: Celtics vs. Heat odds, picks, Game 4 predictions from model on 61-33 roll

18:40  23 september  2020
18:40  23 september  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead

  Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Down by 14 in Game 1, the Miami Heat found a way. © APWF Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) celebrates after sinking a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Down by 17 in Game 2, they did it again Thursday night. And after making the Boston Celtics lose another big lead on the court - as well as their cool in the postgame locker room - the unheralded Heat are two wins away from the NBA Finals.

The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat face off in a pivotal Game 4 matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday evening. The Celtics will look to duplicate their success from Game 3, with the Heat aiming to recapture their mojo from the first two games of the series. Romeo Langford (wrist) is out for Boston, with Gabe Vincent (knee) listed as questionable for Miami.

Jimmy Butler holding a basketball: Mar 4, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) reacts after scoring during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. © Provided by CBS Sports

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Boston Celtics' keys for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals

  Boston Celtics' keys for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Here are three things to watch for Saturday night as the Celtics take on the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Can the Celtics contain the Heat’s second punch?The result of this series will depend on if the Celtics can contain the inevitable second punch from Miami. Boston held a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter of Game 1, only to lose in overtime. In Game 2, they led by 17 in the first half before being outscored by 20 in the third quarter.Miami started slow in both games during the series, something that wasn’t the case in the Eastern Conference semifinals versus the Milwaukee Bucks.

Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. ET in Orlando. William Hill lists the Celtics as three-point favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 210.5 in the latest Celtics vs. Heat odds. Before you make any Heat vs. Celtics picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine's proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it's already returned over $5,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks this season. It entered the week on a blistering 61-33 run on top-rated NBA spread picks, returning almost $2,500 on those picks alone. It's also a sizzling 11-3 on top-rated picks since the NBA's restart in July. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Celtics top Heat 117-106, cut East finals deficit to 2-1

  Celtics top Heat 117-106, cut East finals deficit to 2-1 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Getting big leads has been relatively easy for the Boston Celtics in these Eastern Conference finals. This time, they also found a way to finish the job.And just like that, the East title series got a whole lot closer.Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum added 25 and the Celtics got right back into the East finals with a 117-106 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 on Saturday night. Kemba Walker added 21 to help Boston pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. © APWF Miami Heat's Derrick Jones Jr.

Now, the model has set its sights on Celtics vs. Heat. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NBA odds from William Hill and trends for Heat vs. Celtics:

  • Celtics vs. Heat spread: Celtics -3
  • Celtics vs. Heat over-under: 210.5 points
  • Celtics vs. Heat money line: Celtics -155, Heat +135
  • BOS: The Celtics are 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 games
  • MIA: The Heat are 8-2 against the spread in the last 10 games

Why the Celtics can cover

The Celtics are the best defensive team in the playoffs, including the No. 1 defensive rating in the league. Boston is allowing only 1.04 points per possession in the postseason, and Brad Stevens' team also leads the NBA in shooting efficiency allowed. The Celtics are versatile and athletic with the ability to contest shots, leading to league-leading marks in two-point percentage (41.2 percent) and three-point percentage (31.4 percentage) allowed in the playoffs.

Jayson Tatum's inspirational halftime speech spurs Celtics to victory

  Jayson Tatum's inspirational halftime speech spurs Celtics to victory Tatum was the big scorer for the Celtics. He had 31 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Tatum was sent to the line for 14 free throws and made 12 of them to help give Boston a boost. Game 6 of the series will be on Sunday with Miami leading 3-2. The Celtics seem to have gotten their chemistry in line after their issues following Game 2.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.

Offensively, the Celtics are talented and multi-faceted, with four legitimate stars to carry the load. The return of Gordon Hayward adds another dimension, with Jayson Tatum (25.3 points, 10.3 rebounds per game), Jaylen Brown (21.1 points, 7.3 rebounds) and Kemba Walker (19.9 points, 4.9 assists) operating at a high level.

Why the Heat can cover

Miami is functioning at an impressive level on both ends of the floor. Offensively, the Heat rank fourth in the playoffs in points per possession at 1.127, with top-five marks in offensive rebounding, assist rate, assist-to-turnover ratio, true shooting percentage and free throw creation rate. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic, both averaging more than 20 points per game in the playoffs, fuel the team's creation, with high-level shooters in Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro and Jae Crowder.

Defensively, the Heat are well-coached, physical and talented, with the numbers to back up their aesthetics. Miami ranks fifth in defensive rebounding and fourth in shooting efficiency allowed during the postseason, all while allowing the fewest three-point attempts per game and limiting opponents to just 35.0 percent from long distance. The Heat also create havoc, generating 7.8 steals per game, and Bam Adebayo is one of the best defensive big men in the NBA, patrolling the paint with versatility and athleticism.

How to make Celtics vs. Heat picks

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, with Tatum and Dragic projected to exceed their season-long scoring averages. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Heat vs. Celtics? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Celtics vs. Heat spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up over $5,000 on its top-rated NBA picks this season, and find out.

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