Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics, Wednesday, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Free Picks, Predictions and Las Vegas Odds

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Miami at Boston, NBA Sports betting
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Miami), NBCSN Boston
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
707Miami Heat +7½ -108 +265 Ov 201 -105
708Boston Celtics -7½ -112 -315 Un 201 -115

The fans at TD Garden will be treated to a game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics when they take their seats on Wednesday.

ABOUT THE HEAT (15-15): Center Hassan Whiteside (knee) is not on Miami’s two-game road trip, which will extend his absence to 11 games, and guard Goran Dragic missed Monday’s loss due to an elbow injury. With forwards James Johnson (ankle) and Justise Winslow (knee) also out, Miami dressed just nine players, committed 19 turnovers and missed all 11 of its 3-point attempts in the second half. “We need to be better with the fundamentals, reading schemes and defenses better,” coach Erik Spoelstra told the media. “We’re working at it quite a bit and we just have to get more ownership, more responsibility with the ball.”

ABOUT THE CELTICS (26-7): Rozier’s clutch play overshadowed a big basket moments before by backup point guard Marcus Smart, who made all four of his 3-pointers and was 5-of-6 from the floor en route to 15 points. Irving added 30 points and is averaging 29 while making 15-of-34 3-pointers in four games since sitting out one contest with a quad injury. Forward Al Horford fell an assist shy of a triple-double and is averaging 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists in a three-game stretch.

Oddsmakers opened the Celtics as -8-point favorites versus the Heat, while the game’s total opened at 201.

The Boston Celtics have added an improbable road win to their phenomenal first half of the season and will attempt to carry some momentum home when they host the Miami Heat on Wednesday. After blowing a 19-point lead at Indiana on Monday, the Celtics got a steal and a slam from Terry Rozier in the closing seconds to grab a 112-111 win, their second in a row following a 2-3 stretch.

The dunk capped a 10-4 run in the final 31 seconds as Boston became the first NBA team in 380 tries this season to erase at least a five-point deficit and win in the final 30 seconds of a game, according to ESPN Stats & Information. “Glad to join history for this season,” guard Kyrie Irving told reporters. “It comes down to that final buzzer and you don’t stop playing until it goes off.” The Celtics also finished strong in their last meeting with Miami, but a slow start by Boston helped the Heat survive 104-98, evening the season series at a game apiece. That victory kicked off an 8-5 run for Miami but it was slowed down in Monday’s 110-104 loss at Atlanta.

Boston was a 112-111 winner in its last match on the road against the Pacers. They failed to cover the -2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 223 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 110-104 loser as they battled the Hawks on the road. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a +2-point underdog, while 214 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Team record: 15-15 SU,11-17-2 ATS
Miami is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
Miami is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Miami’s last 13 games

Team record: 26-7 SU,21-10-2 ATS
Boston is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Boston is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Boston’s last 17 games

Next up:
Miami home to Dallas Friday, December 22
Boston at New York Thursday, December 21

NBA Sports Betting Tips
1. Heat C Kelly Olynyk will be making his return to Boston, where he played his first four seasons before signing with Miami this offseason.

2. Miami SG Dion Waiters had a team-high 23 points in the loss to Atlanta and scored 26 in the win over Boston on Nov. 22.

3. Celtics F Jayson Tatum is 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the last two games and continues to lead the NBA from long range (51.5 percent).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks:  Boston Celtics will cover the spread at -7.5 and the game will go over 201 points, according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: Celtics 108, Heat 98 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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