Conference Clash: Celtics vs Heat – Expert Analysis and Projections for Tonight’s Pivotal NBA Playoff Opener

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Basketball fanatics, it's time to get pumped! One games are ready to hit the hardwood, starting with the Heat vs. Celtics face-off at 08:30 PM EST at TD Garden. The Heat and Celtics are primed for a points explosion, but the Heat and Celtics might just keep it tight with a battle for every possession. It's time to take your DFS strategy to the next level. Check out our player breakdowns and fearless predictions to make sure your lineup is ready to rumble. Let's go!

Top Stars On The Main Slate

Jayson Tatum ($10200/DK) delivered a nothing-special performance in his last game, puttin up 19 points, 6 assists, and 9 rebounds while shooting 1-10 from the field in 43 minutes against the 76ers. Today he faces the Heat ranked #8 in the league against the SF, allowing 43.0dfs per game or -4.7 less vs average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 57.6DK and 58.0FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 5.6.

Jimmy Butler ($9900/DK) was meh in his last game, puttin up 19 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds while shooting 5-12 from the field in 43 minutes against the Knicks. Today he faces the Celtics ranked #25 in the league against the SF, allowing 49.9dfs per game or +5.4 more vs average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 49.9DK and 52.5FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 5.0.

Standout Mid-Value Players

Marcus Smart ($5400/DK) had a legendary performance in his last outing, dropping 22 points, dishing out 7 assists, and pulling down 7 rebounds while shooting 5-7 from the field in 42 minutes against the 76ers. Today he faces the Heat ranked #19 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 46.5 per game which is +2.0 more compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 34.9DK and 32.5FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 6.5.

Malcolm Brogdon ($4900/DK) was a force to be reckoned with in his last outing, dropping 16 points, dishing out 2 assists, and pulling down 6 rebounds while shooting 2-5 from the field in 30 minutes against the 76ers. Today he faces the Heat ranked #19 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 46.5 per game which is +2.0 more compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 26.4DK and 23.8FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 5.4.

Bam Adebayo ($7200/DK) put in a just-alright outing in his last game, puttin up 18 points, 2 assists, and 8 rebounds while shooting 7-10 from the field in 39 minutes against the Knicks. Today he faces the Celtics ranked #3 in the league against the PF, allowing an average of 36.8 per game which is -10.9 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 36.6DK and 36.2FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 5.1.

Jaylen Brown ($8100/DK) had an off night in his last outing, scoring only 17 points, 4 assists, and 6 rebounds while shooting 5-10 from the field in 39 minutes against the 76ers. Today he faces the Heat ranked #19 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 46.5 per game which is +2.0 more compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 32.9DK and 30.2FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.1.

Al Horford ($5500/DK) had a tough time in his last game, scoring only 2 points, 1 assists, and 11 rebounds while shooting 1-3 from the field in 39 minutes against the 76ers. Today he faces the Heat ranked #5 in the league against the C, allowing an average of 44.5 per game which is -10.2 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 26.2DK and 29.4FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.8.

Cheap Value Players

Robert Williams ($3800/DK) was scorching hot in his last game, dropping 10 points, dishing out 1 assists, and pulling down 9 rebounds while shooting 4-7 from the field in 28 minutes against the 76ers. Today he faces the Heat ranked #5 in the league against the C, allowing an average of 44.5 per game -10.2 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 14.1DK and 14.5FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 3.7.

Gabe Vincent ($4300/DK) had a ho-hum game in his last outing, puttin up 6 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds while shooting 3-7 from the field in 23 minutes against the Knicks. Today he faces the Celtics ranked #25 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 49.9 per game +5.4 more compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 15.5DK and 16.1FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 3.6.

Caleb Martin ($4100/DK) was mid last game, puttin up 11 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds while shooting 2-3 from the field in 28 minutes against the Knicks. Today he faces the Celtics ranked #2 in the league against the SF, allowing an average of 33.0 per game -8.6 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 17.2DK and 16.4FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.2.

Kevin Love ($4000/DK) was a disaster in his last game, scoring only 4 points, 2 assists, and 5 rebounds while shooting 2-3 from the field in 16 minutes against the Knicks. Today he faces the Celtics ranked #3 in the league against the PF, allowing an average of 36.8 per game -10.9 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 17.1DK and 15.9FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.3.

Cody Zeller ($3000/DK) had an absolute clunker in his last game, scoring only 5 points, 1 assists, and 2 rebounds while shooting 2-3 from the field in 9 minutes against the Knicks. Today he faces the Celtics ranked #13 in the league against the C, allowing an average of 51.0 per game -3.7 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 8.4DK and 7.6FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 2.8.

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Today's NBA Matchups

Miami Heat +8.0 vs Boston Celtics -8.0
Get ready for an action-packed game as the Heat with a 9-4 record travels to Boston to face the solid Celtics who hold a 8-5 record. Heat are known for their solid defense, while they have an above-average offensive attack. Celtics field a top-notch #8 defense, while they have a top-10 offense.

Celtics hit the over 11 out of the last 14 games
Heat hit the over 10 out of the last 14 games