Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Game 4 Predictions, Odds & Picks
Celtics vs Heat Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Boston Celtics||-3.5 -107||O 210 -112||-155|
|Miami Heat||+3.5 -114||U 210 -109||+130|
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Celtics vs Heat Predictions and Picks
An extended rest and time to recoup are sure to energize the Boston Celtics. The Heat have overcome leads in their two victories over Boston, but the Celtics’ consistency and defensive standards are likely to help them even up this series.
How to Watch Celtics vs Heat
|Boston Celtics vs Heat Information|
|What||Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Wednesday, September 23, 2020; 8:30 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
Head-to-Head: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat
|Boston Celtics||Head-to-Head||Miami Heat|
|Brad Stevens||Head Coach||Erik Spoelstra|
|48-24 (3rd in East, 5th Overall)||Standing||44-29 (5th in East, 11th Overall)|
|113.3 (4th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.5 (7th of 30)|
|107.0 (4th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.5 (11th of 30)|
|99.5 (17th of 30)||Pace||98.3 (27th of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Tatum (25.3)||PPG||G. Dragic (21.3)|
|J. Tatum (10.3)||RPG||B. Adebayo (11.4)|
|K. Walker (4.9)||APG||B. Adebayo (4.8)|
|G. Hayward (3.5)||SPG||J. Butler (2.1)|
|D. Theis (1.3)||BPG||B. Adebayo (1.0)|
|R. Williams (.769)/J. Tatum (8.4)||FG%/FGM||B. Adebayo (.557)/G. Dragic (7.8)|
|G. Williams (.625)/J. Tatum (2.6)||3P%/3PM||J. Butler (.478)/J. Crowder (3.3)|
The Pivot Position is a Concern for Boston
Matched up against first-time All-Star Bam Adebayo, the Boston Celtics have struggled to find consistency at the center position. While Daniel Theis maintains his limited but reliable game, who contributes behind him has become an issue.
Enes Kanter tends to match up with post-oriented centers, Robert Williams with more athletic big men, and Grant Williams plays on the odd occasion that Boston wants to go small. Unfortunately, none have been able to contain Adebayo.
Boston is yet to find a consistent solution for the problem that is Bam Adebayo and it is certain to determine this series. If one can, or as a collective, begin to slow down Miami’s All-Star center, Boston will have a good chance to take this series.
Miami Must Protect the Rim
While the post-game isn’t popular in today’s NBA, the Boston Celtics were able to find alternative ways to the rim. In their 117-106 loss to the Celtics in Game 3, the Heat allowed 60 points in the paint.
The 60 points that Miami allowed in Game 3 was the second-most points in the paint that they’ve allowed throughout their 2019-2020 campaign.
Lowering the Celtics’ 48% field goal percentage in Game 3 to something more manageable for the Heat in Game 4 is priority number one. If they can sort out their paint defense, Miami is in a much better position to get back on the winning track.
Celtics Key Player: (F) Gordon Hayward
The Boston Celtics were happy to welcome Gordon Hayward back from injury in Game 3 against the Miami Heat. After hurting his ankle in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs, Hayward may just be the two-way threat needed for the Celtics to turn this series around.
In-Game 3 against the Heat, Hayward contributed six points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block.
Hayward wasn’t eased into the game, playing just over 30 minutes in his return to the team. While not stellar in any area, Hayward brought a workmanlike attitude to the wing that was missing with just Brown and Tatum manning the perimeter.
Heat Key Player: (F) Jae Crowder
Jae Crowder is a veteran presence that every NBA team would welcome to their ranks. With the Heat, Crowder has been fantastic. A two-way, three-and-D threat that fits perfectly with coach Erik Spoelstra’s game plan.
A big reason why the Celtics took Game 3 against the Heat was Crowder’s issues shooting. With his infrequent post play and spot-up tactics, Boston was able to hide Kemba Walker on him all match.
In order to take Game 4 Crowder must produce. Attacking the diminutive Kemba Walker when possible will be key to his success.
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