7:35 pm
November 4

Celtics @ Heat

Who will WIN this matchup?

Boston Celtics (3-5)

@ Miami Heat (6-1)


Current odds:

Boston Celtics: (+225)

Miami Heat: (-265)


The line for this game is Heat by 6.5 points.

The Miami Heat are quickly making believers across the NBA after sprinting out to an impressive 6-1 start. The Heat aim for their sixth straight win on Thursday against the visiting Boston Celtics, who snapped a three-game losing streak with a 92-79 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

While the Celtics are searching for an identity under new coach Ime Udoka, the Heat boast a stifling defense that has many predicting a deep postseason run.

Four Miami players scored at least 22 points — a first in franchise history — on Tuesday in a 125-110 win over the Mavericks, who trailed 20-9 after seven minutes.

Tyler Herro scored 25 points off the bench in the victory while Jimmy Butler added 23 points. Kyle Lowry had 22 points and Bam Adebayo contributed 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Miami has prevailed by double digits in each of its six wins while holding opponents to 98.9 points per game, the lowest average in the NBA. Butler is averaging 25 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists to lead the Heat, whose 6-1 start is their best since the 2012-13 championship season.

Miami’s defense poses a tough matchup for Boston, which blew a 19-point lead Monday in a 128-114 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Celtics submitted an improved effort against Orlando on Wednesday. Jaylen Brown scored 28 points, Jayson Tatum added 14 and Al Horford tallied 12 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Brown made 10 of 17 shots and had his fifth 20-point game of the season.

ESPN reported that the Celtics held a players-only meeting prior to Wednesday’s contest, but Udoka downplayed any internal tension.

Boston, which has lost its past two meetings against Miami, continues to tinker with a rotation that includes guard Dennis Schroder. The veteran is averaging 13.3 points and six assists off the bench.

StreakSmarter Pick
Miami Heat