3rd Quarter Report
The Celtics and the Heat have shown up to the contest, but their offenses sure haven’t. Sitting on a score of 59-50, the Celtics have looked like the better team, but there’s still one more quarter to play.
The Celtics entered the match having won three straight and they’re just one quarter away from another. Will they make it four, or will the Heat step up and spoil it? We’ll know soon.
Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat
Current Records: Boston 40-12, Miami 28-24
How To Watch
When: Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 2 p.m. ET Where: Kaseya Center — Miami, Florida
Kaseya Center — Miami, Florida TV: ABC
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What to Know
The Celtics have enjoyed a seven-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. They will square off against the Miami Heat at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday at Kaseya Center. Both teams come into the contest bolstered by wins in their previous matches.
Last Friday, Boston didn’t have too much breathing room in their matchup against the Wizards, but they still walked away with a 133-129 victory.
Multiple players turned in solid performances to lead the Celtics to victory, but perhaps none more so than Jayson Tatum, who dropped a double-double on 35 points and ten rebounds. Tatum didn’t help the Celtics’ cause all that much against the Hawks on Wednesday but the same can’t be said for this contest. The team also got some help courtesy of Kristaps Porzingis, who dropped a double-double on 34 points and 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Miami earned a 116-104 victory over the Spurs on Wednesday. The win made it back-to-back wins for the Heat.
The Heat relied on the efforts of Tyler Herro, who scored 24 points along with seven assists and six rebounds, and Jimmy Butler, who dropped a triple-double on 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Boston has been performing well recently as they’ve won five of their last six matches, which provided a nice bump to their 40-12 record this season. As for Miami, their win bumped their record up to 28-24.
Sunday’s game is shaping up to be a scrappy match: The Celtics have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 47.5 rebounds per game (they’re ranked first in rebounds per game overall). It’s a different story for the Heat, though, as they’ve been averaging only 42.1 rebounds per game. Given the Celtics’ sizable advantage in that area, the Heat will need to find a way to close that gap.
Going forward, the Celtics are the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by six points. This contest will be their 15th straight as the favorites (so far over this stretch they are 6-8 against the spread).
Boston is a solid 6-point favorite against Miami, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Celtics as a 5.5-point favorite.
The over/under is set at 226 points.
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Miami and Boston both have 5 wins in their last 10 games.
3rd Quarter Report