Miami vs Boston: prediction for the NBA match
Heat are looking great at home play-off matches, team is looking to make the last step towards the NBA Finals. Eric Spoelstra's men managed to beat Atlanta and Philadelphia and now is the time to fight against the Celtics.
Miami put up a great performance in the first match of the series at FTX Arena. Heat got off to a slow start, but Jimmy Butler and co managed to step up in the end. Butler scored 41 points that night, tearing up the opponent's defense.
Celtics surely deserved a praise for their performance, their chemistry is just at another level. Of course there is still room for improvement, but Ime Udoka did a magnificent job since the start of the season.
Boston easily beat Brooklyn in the first round and wasted much energy in the series against Milwaukee, but eventually made it to the Conference Finals. Celtics have already played one game against Miami and lost it. Visitors were the better team until half-time, but blew the lead afterwards (107:118). Now the Celtics are looking to level the score in the series.
Club managed to beat that total in each of five latest matches
Three of five latest head-to-head matches started with two-point shots
Miami put up a great performance in the first home game of the series. Jimmy Butler was the one who stood out that night, he was the crucial part of his team's comeback. Heat are considered favorites for the second match of the series.
Boston are known for their aggresive style of play. In the first game they made a number of defensive mistakes, but Ime Udoka and his coaching staff will surely fix these problems. In our opinion, Celtics will be more successful in the second match of the series.
Our prediction - Handicap (+5.5) points for Boston Celtics
The first match proved that teams are not joking around - no one will give the spot in the final cheaply. We witnessed a tight contest and we are expecting another high-scoring game tonight.
Our second bet is on total over 203.5 points