The Miami Heat take on the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday at FTX Arena. Boston is a 1-point underdog in this game, according to the oddsmakers. The total is 197.5 points.
The Celtics hit the court against the Heat in Game 6 and were defeated by a score of 111-103. When it comes to personal fouls, the Celtics finished with 28 while the Heat had 17 at the end of the game. They made 15 of their 35 shots from beyond the arc and buried 15 of them. Miami shot 96.0 percent from the charity stripe in the game, making 24 of 25 attempts. Miami also had 26 rebounds (11 offensive, 15 defensive), as well as four blocked shots. For the contest, Miami had 37 assists and 25 steals. In terms of defence, Boston allowed the other team to shoot 46.2 percent from the field, making 36 of 78 attempts. They also handed out 22 dimes in this game, as well as forcing two turnovers and accumulating ten steals. They grabbed a total of 34 rebounds, with 6 of them being offensive in nature. The Celtics made 28 of 31 free throw attempts, enough for a 90.3 percent success rate. Boston finished with a 44.4 percent field goal percentage (32 of 72) and 11 of their 33 long-range efforts sunk.
Boston comes into this game with a 51-31 record on the season. They are scoring 111.8 points per game (12th in the NBA) on 46.6 percent shooting from the field. The Celtics are hitting 35.6 percent of their shots from downtown (1,085 of 3,044) and 81.6 percent of their free throws. Boston has averaged 46.1 rebounds per game and 2,036 assists so far this season, ranking 14th in the NBA in passing. They turn the ball over 13.6 times a game, and they commit 18.5 fouls per game as a club.
On defence, the Celtics force 13.8 turnovers per game and draw 19.4 personal fouls per game. With 1,773 assists allowed this season, they are first in basketball in terms of giving up assists to the opposition. As a basketball team, the Celtics allow a 43.4 percent field goal percentage (3,137 of 7,221) and 43.7 boards per game to their opponents. They allow 33.9 percent of shots from downtown and rank first in the league in points per game allowed (104.5).
When it came to rebounds in Game 6, Miami allowed Boston to accumulate a total of 28. (6 on the offensive glass). They shot 33.3 percent from outside the arc, hitting 11 of 33 attempts, and were 28 of 31 from the free throw line (90.3 percent ). The Heat allowed the Celtics to score 32 of their 72 field goals, giving them a 44.4 percent field goal percentage for the game. When the game was over, the Heat had made 36 of 78 shots from the field, good for a 46.2 percent shooting rate. Miami made 15 of 35 3-point shots and converted 15 of them (42.9 percent ). They were able to knock down 24 of them, giving them a 96.0 percent success rate. The Celtics committed 17 fouls in this game, leading to a total of 25 free throws for the Heat. They turned it over 17 times, including 10 steals in the encounter. In this game, the Heat had a total of 37 boards, including 26 defensive and 11 offensive.
With 105.6 points allowed per game, the Heat are ranked fourth in basketball. They’ve forced 15.0 turnovers per game and allowed opponents to shoot 44.7 percent from the field (4th in basketball). The Miami defence allows 33.9 percent of long-range shots (1,064 of 3,138), and their opponents make 77.9% of their free throw attempts. On a nightly basis, they allow 23.3 assists and 41.7 rebounds, which ranks them 4th and 2nd in the NBA, respectively.
Pick: Take Boston (+1)