(NBA) Miami vs. Boston, 09/15/2020 6:30 PM, Score: 117 - 114
Total: 209.50 | -110.00 Under
Bookmaker: Bet365
Result: Loss
10* Under Heat/Celtics (6:35 ET): Miami and Boston may not have been the teams you expected in the Eastern Conference Finals, but here they both are, ready to meet with the winner going on to play for a NBA Title. Miami has been incredibly impressive in the postseason, first sweeping Indiana and then needing only five games to oust top-seed Milwaukee. The Heat are 8-1 SU/ATS in the playoffs with the lone loss coming in overtime. Boston is coming off a 7-game series with Toronto, but also swept its 1st round series (vs. Philadelphia). My own personal power ratings do favor the Celtics in this series, but only by the slightest amount.

Boston’s defense has been tremendous in the first two rounds as they have not allowed more than 106 points in regulation in any game. As a result, the Under is now 11-2 in their L13 games overall. All season long, this has been a strong defensive team. I was really impressed how they held Toronto under 100 pts in regulation for five of the seven games. Though the series did go the distance, the Celtics were pretty clearly the superior team as they posted two double digit victories while two of the three losses came either at the buzzer or in double OT.

It was a similarly impressive defensive effort from the Heat in the last round against the Bucks, who came in as the highest scoring team in the league. Miami allowed just 106.0 PPG in the five games and remember one of those went to OT. They also held Boston to 43.5% shooting, including 10 of 33 from 3-pt range, in a 112-106 win back on August 4th. If there’s one concern for the Heat, it’s that they’ve been off for a whole week. So don’t be surprised if their own 3-pt shooting “cools off” here in Game 1. 10* Under Heat/Celtics