The Boston Celtics have defeated the Miami Heat in both of the two teams’ only two teams so far this season. Will Jayson Tatum and company make it three in a row against Miami? Or will the Heat be too much for Boston? Check out our preview of this evening’s game below.
Betting Preview for the Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat NBA Regular Season Game on August 4, 2020
Where: Walt Disney World, Orlando
When: Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 6:30 PM ET
Line: Boston Celtics (-3.5) vs. Miami Heat (+3.5) – view all 2020 NBA lines
TV Broadcast: TNT
Betting on the Boston Celtics (-3.5)
Regular Season Record: 44-22
Call it the ‘redeem game’ for Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. After stinking up the joint with a forgettable performance in the loss to the Milwaukee Bucks last Friday, Tatum gathered himself and scored 34 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field in 40 minutes of action to lead Boston to a 128-124 win against the Portland Trail Blazers. Tatum also got some big help from Jaylen Brown (30 points) and Gordon Hayward (22 points). Gordon has been a pleasant surprise for the Celtics over his last few games. Dating back to last March, Gordon has averaged 22.5 points in four contests while shooting 50 percent over that stretch. Gordon could continue that upward trend of his play this coming Tuesday against the Heat, whom he torched for 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting during a 109-101 road win last January.
The over is 3-0 in the Celtics’ last three games.
Betting on the Miami Heat (+3.5)
Regular Season Record: 42-25
The Heat tasted their first loss of regular-season play inside the Orlando bubble on Monday, as they bowed down to Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors, 107-103. Goran Dragic led the Heat with 25 points off the bench, while Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder each scored 16 points. Miami fell in love with the 3-point shot, but the feeling wasn’t mutual, as the Heat went just 14 for 45 from deep for an ugly 31.1 percent shooting. Duncan Robinson, the Heat’s deadliest outside shooter knocked just one of his four 3-point attempts, while Kendrick Nunn shot 0 for 5 from behind the arc. The two are averaging 28.6 points per game together this season but combined for only five points in the loss to Toronto. It goes without saying that the Heat need Nunn’s and Robinson’s scoring — and outside shooting — to improve right away, as the team relies heavily on 3-pointers. In fact, the Heat are No. 1 in the NBA with a 38.3 percent shooting from the 3-point region.
The Heat are also 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games against Boston.
The Celtics win, 112-109.
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