Celtics vs. Heat Predictions & Best Bets: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under and Props | Game 3

Written By PlayPicks Staff on April 25, 2024

The Miami Heat will look to pull off an upset as 9.5-point underdogs heading into Game 3 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena on Saturday, starting at 6:00 PM ET on TNT. The series is tied 1-1. The over/under is set at 205 for the matchup.

Before you make an informed wager on the matchup, take a look at the best bets available for Saturday’s game according to our computer predictions.

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Spread: Heat (+9.5) to Cover

  • The model favors the Celtics by 7.5 points, just 2.0 fewer than the 9.5-point spread set by DraftKings.
  • Miami’s ATS record is 40-39-3 this year.
  • Boston has a 42-36-4 record against the spread this season.
  • When playing as at least 9.5-point favorites this season, the Celtics have an ATS record of 18-13-2.

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Total: Over 205

  • The DraftKings point total for this game is more than two possessions lower (18.7 points) than the model projection. Put your money on the over.
  • Boston’s games have finished with more than 205 points 76 times so far this year.
  • Miami’s games have gone over 205 points on 65 occasions this season.
  • In the Celtics’ 82 games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total 43 times.
  • Heat games have hit the over 35 out of 82 times this year.

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Moneyline Winner: Celtics (-440)

  • Prediction: Celtics 116, Heat 108
  • This season, Boston has been favored 79 times and won 63, or 79.7%, of those games.
  • Miami has been chosen as underdogs in 35 games this year and has walked away with the win 11 times (31.4%) in those games.

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Derrick White Points Prop: Under 11.5

  • Derrick White puts up 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per contest. Defensively, he averages 1.0 steal and 1.2 blocks.
  • The 11.5-point over/under set for White on Saturday is 3.7 lower than his season scoring average of 15.2.
  • He has gone over 37 times on a points prop this season (in 77 opportunities).
  • In 2023-24, the Heat are fifth-worst in the NBA offensively (110.1 points scored per game) but third-best on defense (108.4 points allowed).

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Duncan Robinson Points Prop: Under 7.5

  • The Heat are receiving 12.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game from Duncan Robinson this season.
  • Saturday’s points prop for Robinson is 7.5. That is 5.4 less than his season average.
  • Robinson has hit the points prop over at a 29-for-50 clip this season.
  • Things are clicking for the Celtics, who are scoring 120.6 points per game (second-best in NBA) and ceding 109.2 points per contest (fifth-best).

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All stats in this article refer to the 2023-24 regular season.

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