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Celtics Look to Extend Streak Against Heat to 5

The Boston Celtics entered the season as the odds-on favorites to claim the Atlantic Division banner, but they’ve been terribly inconsistent through 26 games. A road date with the floundering Miami Heat is next up for the Celts in Sunday’s slate of hoops action. 

SHARK BITES
  • The Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on the road against the Heat.
  • The Celtics are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last 4 games against the Heat.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of the Celtics' last 18 games on the road.

To put it mildly, the Heat have been brutal in the post-Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade era. In the wake of Friday’s 102-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami fell to 9-18 SU and ranks just above the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers in the cellar of the Eastern Conference. 

Goran Dragic (18.5 points per game) and Hassan Whiteside (17.4) have done a fine job filling the void, but the secondary scoring hasn’t been there. Dion Waiters is not a player you should be relying on as your third option, and Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Justise Winslow have been underwhelming on offense so far. 

Boston has enjoyed plenty of success when facing the Heat in recent years, as the C’s are 4-0 SU and ATS in the last four meetings between the squads. While the Celtics have been average on the road (8-7 SU), they’ve made a habit of covering the spread lately. Jae Crowder and company are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road affairs entering Sunday. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Boston Celtics listed as -4-point favorites earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 204 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Celtics to win this game 104-100. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Miami Heat sit at 9-18 (14-13 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Boston Celtics are currently 14-12 (14-12 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Miami is 12-13 OU and Boston is 8-16 OU. This season the Miami Heat are 9-18 overall and 14-13 ATS against the number, while the Boston Celtics are 14-12 and 14-12 ATS. As for the totals, Miami is 12-13 on the OU, and Boston is 8-16. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Miami vs Boston injuries news.

The Miami Heat sit at No. 16 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Boston Celtics are at No. 10 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Boston Celtics rank No. 24 in the league with 42.59 per game. That compares with Miami's No. 10 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Miami is the NBA's No. 24-ranked team at 8.19 per game, while the Boston Celtics rate No. 4 with 11.04 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Boston suffered a 99-96 loss against Oklahoma City on Sunday, getting 19 points from Al Horford in a losing effort at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Heat got a 34-point performance from Goran Dragic as Miami handed Washington a 112-101 defeat on Monday at American Airlines Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Boston's last 20 games
  • Boston is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Miami is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Miami is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 6 games
  • Miami is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Memphis, Tuesday, December 20th
Miami home to Orlando, Tuesday, December 20th

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