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Celtics vs. Heat odds: Best NBA picks with Jayson Tatum's status in doubt

Celtics vs. Heat odds: Best NBA picks with Jayson Tatum's status in doubt

The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will play with heavy hearts Tuesday following Kobe Bryant's tragic death Sunday.

Whether Jayson Tatum is on the court remains to be seen, however.

The Celtics forward initially was listed as doubtful with a groin injury but made "good progress" in his latest workout and is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game in Miami, per the team.

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The C's certainly could use Tatum: The Heat are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA's best home record at 21-2 and are 1.5 games ahead Boston in the Eastern Conference standings.

Can the Celtics pull off the road upset after falling to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday? Here are our Celtics-Heat betting predictions, along with two NBA locks against the spread.

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)

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Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, 8 p.m. ET

Moneyline: Miami is outscoring opponents by an average of 10.5 points at home. I think the Celtics will come to play Tuesday night, but I'll still take the Heat (-120) in a close one.

Point Spread: Daniel Theis and Vincent Poirier will have their hands full with Heat big man Bam Adebayo in Enes Kanter's absence. The C's are also 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games against Miami. The Heat (-1) is the smart play.

Point Total: Miami plays at the third-slowest pace in the NBA and is allowing just 105 points per game at home this season. Considering the 219.5 point total, I'm taking the UNDER, which has hit in four of Boston's past five road games.

Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 63-35-1 (63.6% success rate)

NBA Locks of the Night

Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers (-12): See above. The Sixers have lost just two home games all year, and Golden State has failed to cover in eight of its last nine games against Philly.

Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks (-11): No need to get cute here. The Bucks are outscoring opponents by an average of 13.9 points at home this season, and there's a good chance the lowly Wizards increase that average.

Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 33-32-1 (50% success rate)

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Heat, which begins Tuesday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live. You can also stream it on the MyTeams App.

Celtics-Pacers simulation: Can Kemba Walker, C's keep up their hot streak?

Celtics-Pacers simulation: Can Kemba Walker, C's keep up their hot streak?

The NBA season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we have to wait a while to watch the Boston Celtics again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Celtics action, we'll be using the NBA 2K20 video game to simulate each game on the schedule until they finally return.

PREVIOUS FIVE SIMULATIONS

The Celtics were supposed to take on the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Here's how our simulation of that game went:

CELTICS STATS

Kemba Walker (28 points) and Gordon Hayward (19 points) carried the load offensively in what ended up being one of the lowest-scoring games for the Celtics in their past few simulations, which just goes to show how on fire they've been. They shined on the defensive end, tallying eight total steals and eight blocks.

With the game pretty much in hand, the C's second unit played for the entire fourth quarter. Rookie Romeo Langford was solid in his 12 minutes, contributing nine points, a steal, and an assist.

PACERS STATS

This was a disastrous offensive performance by the Pacers as they were unable to get any semblance of momentum throughout the contest. Malcolm Brogdon struggled from the field but was able to get nine of his 17 points from the free-throw line. Domontas Sabonis was the only real bright spot as he shot 7-for-10 from the field for 16 points while bringing down nine rebounds.

TEAM STATS

All you need to do is look at the field goal percentages and 3-point percentages (ZERO for Indiana!) to figure out what happened here. Boston dominated in pretty much every other major category too, despite possessing the ball for nine minutes less than the Pacers.

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 101, Pacers 77

Four games remain in the NBA 2K Celtics' regular-season schedule as they ride a 12-game win streak into their matchup vs. the Orlando Magic. Can they extend the streak to 13? Check back Friday to find out.

Celtics Talk Podcast: Mike Gorman debates the best trades in C's history

Celtics Talk Podcast: Mike Gorman debates the best trades in C's history

With no Boston Celtics basketball on the docket for a while due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's no better time to reminisce on some of the greatest moves in the team's history.

NBC Sports Boston's longtime Celtics play-by-play voice Mike Gorman joined the latest Celtics Talk Podcast to discuss the best trades the organization has made. Of course, the ones for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen that formed the "Big Three" immediately come to mind. But to Gorman, the best deal in franchise history is a no-brainer.

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Gorman's No. 1 Celtics trade ever is the one that brought the great Bill Russell to Boston.

When Red [Auerbach] got Russell -- I mean, when you pull off a trade where you get three Hall of Famers in the first round of the draft, 'cause K.C. Jones was on the tail end of that and nobody talks about him. Tommy [Heinsohn] was the rookie of the year. And you get Bill Russell, who goes on to win 11 championships and is MVP five times.

That's got to be the best trade ever for Ed Macauley who was a good player but certainly not a great player. And Cliff Hagan who was a good player but not a great player. Neither one of those guys was going to do anything anywhere near what Bill Russell did to the Celtics. I think the Russell trade has to be the best trade maybe in the history of sports.

The runner-up? That would be the deal 40 years ago that landed Hall of Famers Robert Parish and Kevin McHale.

Again, it was a situation where Red traded and ended up with two Hall of Famers and gave up Joe Barry Carroll whose whole career was a massive disappointment. You would have thought that no one would deal with Red again [after the Russell trade] ... But yeah, to get Kevin McHale and Robert Parish in a draft, and both of them end up going to the Hall of Fame, and you gave up a guy again who had a marginal career ... 

Gorman also discussed what he's been up to in quarantine, as well as what the Celtics' ceiling is if/when the season resumes.

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