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NBA Preseason/Friday's Picks

15 October 2021

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The final day of the NBA preseason takes place with eight games on the schedule, including a matchup between Eastern Confernce rivals Miami and Boston. Game time is 6:30 pm ET at FTX Arena.

The Heat (4-1) had their perfect start to the preseason snapped yesterday in a 127-92 loss at Atlanta. Miami struggled from the field, shooting just 38.5 percent compared to the Hawks 48.5 percent. They were also sloppy with the ball, committing 18 turnovers that led to 12 Atlanta points.

The Celtics (2-1) also suffered their first preseason loss last time out in a 103-102 setback against Orlando on Wednesday. It was the third straight tight game for Boston, which beat the Magic by one point (98-97) and the Raptors by two (113-111) to open the preseason. There’s also a little turmoil surrounding the Celtics as Marcus Smart has been suspended for tonight’s game after missing the team flight.

Dunkel has the Heat closing out the preseason with a win and covering the Vegas line of -7.5. The offenses should generate enough points to go just over the Vegas total of 214 ½.

Dunkel’s Pick: Miami (-7 ½); Over.

Below are all of Dunkel’s picks for today’s NBA preseason schedule:

OCTOBER 15

Boston at Miami
Time: 6:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 110.120; Miami 120.208
Dunkel Line & Total: Miami by 10; 217
Vegas Line & Total: Miami by 7 ½; 214 ½
Dunkel Pick: Miami (-7 ½); Over

Philadelphia at Detroit
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 123.395; Detroit 114.895
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 8 ½; 206
Vegas Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1; 216 ½
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-1); Under

Cleveland at Indiana
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland 108.409; Indiana 116.861
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 8 ½; 218
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 4 ½; 211 ½
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (-4 ½); Over

Washington at New York
Time: 7:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 120.928; New York 117.451
Dunkel Line & Total: Washington by 3 ½; 208
Vegas Line & Total: New York by 5; 213 ½
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+5); Under

Memphis at Chicago
Time: 8:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Memphis 126.649; Chicago 121.252
Dunkel Line & Total: Memphis by 5 ½; 222
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago by 3 ½; 217 ½
Dunkel Pick: Memphis (+3 ½); Over

Dallas at Milwaukee
Time: 8:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 129.986; Milwaukee 121.365
Dunkel Line & Total: Dallas by 8 ½; 235
Vegas Line & Total: Milwaukee by 12; 225 ½
Dunkel Pick: Dallas (+12); Over

Houston at San Antonio
Time: 8:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Houston 120.753; San Antonio 116.864
Dunkel Line & Total: Houston by 4; 214
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 3; 219 ½
Dunkel Pick: Houston (+3); Under

Portland at Golden State
Time: 10:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Portland 111.286; Golden State 115.756
Dunkel Line & Total: Golden State by 4 ½; 219
Vegas Line & Total: Golden State by 7; 229
Dunkel Pick: Portland (+7); Under

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