Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Feb 10, 2024

NBA: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat

There isn’t much non-football sports action this Sunday but one such event is the next stage in the Celtics-Heat rivalry down in Miami in the afternoon.

Boston
43-12
AT
February 11, 2024, 2:00 PM ET
American Airlines Arena
Miami
30-25
Pointspread -7.5 -115
Moneyline -300
Over / Under o +225.5
Pointspread +7.5 -105
Moneyline +240
Over / Under u +225.5

The NBA has opted to switch things up a bit. Typically, the Boston Celtics have a home game on the Sunday afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday. This year they fly to Florida to play familiar opponents the Miami Heat. Boston barely got by the Washington Wizards at home on Friday night, 133-129. The Heat have been dormant since Wednesday when they sent the San Antonio Spurs packing, 116-104.

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Celtics vs. Heat NBA Betting Odds

Sunday afternoon marks the third encounter between Boston and Miami this season. Regular season victories don’t carry the same weight as those in the playoffs, but the Celtics have gotten the upper hand twice already after last year’s Eastern Conference Finals defeat. These clubs played in Miami just a few weeks ago, a contest that honestly wasn’t much one, with the Celtics hammering the Heat 143-110.

Boston is the first team to reach the 40-win plateau this season. Minnesota trails them with 36 successes. It says a lot about the collective quality of Boston’s success this year that not a single player features in the top five of any major offensive or defensive statistical category (points per game, blocks, assists, rebounds, etc). Just about the only knock against them is the dissatisfaction betters feel when they see a 24-26-2 ATS record.

Not that the Heat are torching the field against the spread either. At 23-28-1, they aren’t giving betters much reason to accept props. As appears to be the case nearly every season, Miami is a stout defensive unit, only giving up 110.8 points a match, good for fourth league-wide. They’re only a middle-of-the-pack regarding opponents’ field goal efficiency (47.4 per cent) but are second in shot attempts allowed (86.2).

Boston Celtics

They can’t all be glorious wins for the ages. On Friday night the league-leading Celtics hosted the moribund Washington Wizards and had to dig deep to win a narrow one, 133-129.

An old foe from the 2022 NBA Finals came back to haunt them. Jordon Poole, now a Wizard, only netted 19 points but was on fire in the first half. Jayson Tatum and Kristaps Porzingis had to pull out all the stops, both from close and long range, to seal the win. Tatum finished with 35 points and Porzingis 34. Both excelled at rebounding on this night as well, corralling 10 and 11 off the glass. Jrue Holiday’s first season in Boston has not been as eye-popping as past campaigns, but he netted a solid 20 points off proficient 9-for-13 shooting.

It was one of those nights when a blowout was expected – much like the Lakers game a week ago – but it ended up being a tight affair, with the Celtics reminding people they can survive scares too.

Miami Heat

After besting their state rivals the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, the Miami Heat welcomed new NBA phenom Victor Wembanyama on Wednesday evening.

That Miami couldn’t do much versus the French rookie in the rebounding category (a game-high 13) wasn’t surprising. On the flip side, they limited his points to 19. Miami struggled to pull away from San Antonio in this one, with the match only 78-77 in favour of the hosts as it entered the final frame. Jimmy Butler earned himself a triple-double, albeit not with a points total that got anyone hooting and hollering (17-10-11). Tyler Herro (24 points) and Bam Adebayo (20) were the Heat players who did the most damage scoring. Who knows if this could have seen a different outcome had the Spurs not been so shoddy from the free throw line (10-for-17). Nevertheless, the Heat won 116-104.

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