Saturday, January 29 2022

Who’s Playing

Boston @ Miami

Current Records: Boston 3-5; Miami 6-1

What to Know

After two games on the road, the Miami Heat are heading back home. They will square off against the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday at FTX Arena. If the game is anything like the Heat’s 129-121 win from their previous meeting in May, the scorekeeper will be kept real busy.

Miami didn’t have too much trouble with the Dallas Mavericks on the road on Tuesday as they won 125-110. Miami relied on the efforts of small forward Jimmy Butler, who had 23 points and six assists in addition to six rebounds, and point guard Kyle Lowry, who shot 6-for-9 from downtown and finished with 22 points, nine dimes and five boards.

Meanwhile, Boston had enough points to win and then some against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, taking their contest 92-79. It was another big night for Boston’s small forward Jaylen Brown, who had 28 points along with five boards.

Miami is the favorite in this one, with an expected 7-point margin of victory. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a five-game streak of ATS wins.

The Heat are now 6-1 while the Celtics sit at 3-5. A couple stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Miami is second worst in the league in fouls per game, with 21.6 on average. Bostons have had an even harder time: they are stumbling into the matchup with the most fouls per game in the league, having accrued 22 on average. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: FTX Arena — Miami, Florida
  • TV: NBATV
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $26.00

Odds

The Heat are a solid 7-point favorite against the Celtics, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Heat as a 7.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -107

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Series History

Boston have won 16 out of their last 26 games against Miami.

  • May 11, 2021 – Miami 129 vs. Boston 121
  • May 09, 2021 – Miami 130 vs. Boston 124
  • Jan 06, 2021 – Boston 107 vs. Miami 105
  • Sep 27, 2020 – Miami 125 vs. Boston 113
  • Sep 25, 2020 – Boston 121 vs. Miami 108
  • Sep 23, 2020 – Miami 112 vs. Boston 109
  • Sep 19, 2020 – Boston 117 vs. Miami 106
  • Sep 17, 2020 – Miami 106 vs. Boston 101
  • Sep 15, 2020 – Miami 117 vs. Boston 114
  • Aug 04, 2020 – Miami 112 vs. Boston 106
  • Jan 28, 2020 – Boston 109 vs. Miami 101
  • Dec 04, 2019 – Boston 112 vs. Miami 93
  • Apr 03, 2019 – Boston 112 vs. Miami 102
  • Apr 01, 2019 – Boston 110 vs. Miami 105
  • Jan 21, 2019 – Boston 107 vs. Miami 99
  • Jan 10, 2019 – Miami 115 vs. Boston 99
  • Dec 20, 2017 – Miami 90 vs. Boston 89
  • Nov 22, 2017 – Miami 104 vs. Boston 98
  • Oct 28, 2017 – Boston 96 vs. Miami 90
  • Mar 26, 2017 – Boston 112 vs. Miami 108
  • Dec 30, 2016 – Boston 117 vs. Miami 114
  • Dec 18, 2016 – Boston 105 vs. Miami 95
  • Nov 28, 2016 – Boston 112 vs. Miami 104
  • Apr 13, 2016 – Boston 98 vs. Miami 88
  • Feb 27, 2016 – Boston 101 vs. Miami 89
  • Nov 30, 2015 – Boston 105 vs. Miami 95

Source: CBSSports.com

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