Boston got 25 points and 11 rebounds from Shaquille O'Neal en route to an 89-83 victory over New Jersey on Wednesday at TD Garden.
Bettors who backed the Celtics were disappointed, as they failed to cover the closing number of 10.5. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 189.5.
Paul Pierce had 18 points for Boston and Ray Allen chipped in with 15 points. Ray Allen had 7 assists for the Celtics, while Shaquille O'Neal was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 11 boards.
New Jersey got 20 points from Devin Harris in a losing cause and another 18 points from Anthony Morrow. Jordan Farmar contributed 7 assists for the Nets, while Kris Humphries had 11 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed New Jersey were victorious, as the score was 46-38 at the break.
New Jersey had a 42-33 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.
Next game, Boston takes its act home to face Toronto looking for another win. For New Jersey, they head on the road to face Philadelphia.