The NBA postponed the game between the Clippers and Lakers that was to be played at the Staples Center tonight. It was a great move as the entire city of Los Angeles continues to mourn the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. The game must and will go on and that takes us to sunny Florida where Boston takes on Miami in the night’s best game.
Game: Boston Celtics (30-15, 26-17-2 ATS) at Miami Heat (32-14, 25-19-2 ATS)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Current Line: MIA -1 Total: 216.5
TV Coverage: TNT
A pair of recent three-game losing streaks has left the Celtics in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Boston is a game and a half behind the Heat and Toronto, which are both tied at 32-14. A win on Tuesday would help the Celtics make up some ground on Miami.
Boston won the first meeting of the season with Miami winning 112-93 at home back in early December.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS | HEAT AT CELTICS | DEC. 4, 2019
Jaylen Brown scored 31 points in that win as Boston beat Miami for the seventh time in ten games. The victory was also the fourth straight Celtics win over the Heat.
The Celtics won three in a row last week, beating the Lakers and Grizzlies at home and the Magic on the road. Boston lost on Sunday in New Orleans.
Kemba Walker has been on fire lately scoring 37 in the win over Orlando and 35 in the loss to the Pelicans. He is the team’s leading scorer averaging 22.4 points per game. Walker also averages five assists a game, and had 28 points and seven assists in the earlier victory over Miami.
No Sleep Till Miami
Miami has been rolling as well lately.
The Heat have won three of their last four games, including Monday night’s win over Orlando.
With Kendrick Nunn out, Duncan Robinson scored 21 points to lead the Heat, but it was the performance of Bam Adebayo that really shined. The 6-9 power forward recorded his third triple-double of the season with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Nunn, who averages 16.2 points per game, is one of the surprising stars of the 2019-20 season.
The rookie injured an Achilles last Wednesday against Washington and missed the last two games. He is listed as questionable for Tuesday, but the Heat have been getting along just fine without him.
For Boston, Jayson Tatum is listed as doubtful due to a groin injury that has forced him to miss the Celtics’ last two games. Tatum averages 21.5 points and 6.9 rebounds a game for Boston.
Miami has one of the best home records in the NBA. The Heat are tied with Milwaukee and Philadelphia for the record at home this season at 21-2. With their recent performance, the rise of Adebayo, and (don’t forget) Jimmy Butler; it’s hard to pick against Miami on Tuesday.
The question is can they cover? Miami is just 1-3 ATS in their last four games and the Heat is 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games against Boston. Tuesday’s game should be close, but Coach Rick is going to go against the recent trends and pick the Heat to cover at home.
Today’s NBA Free Pick Against the Spread: Miami -1
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.