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Heat Big Chalk: Game 2 Betting

The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will continue the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night, with LeBron James and company looking to pay off on the posted NBA odds once again.

James scored 32 points in the opener of the series on Monday night as the Heat rolled to a 93-79 home win and easily covered the posted spread. Kevin Garnett scored 23 points for the Celtics and was laughed at by LeBron for his phony intensity in the loss.

The Heat currently sports a record of 46-20, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 32-34 ATS. The Celtics are 39-27 and 34-31-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Heat post a 25-39-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Celtics have gone 29-37 against the number.

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Betting Line:
The Heat are listed as 7.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark including BetOnline, with the total listed at 177.5 at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Heat at No. 5 and the Celtics at No. 17 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 99-96 result in favor of the Heat.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 7-ranked offense (98.5 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 2 at 89.3 PPG. The Heat have averaged 46.9% from the field per game, more than the Celtics have managed so far this season (46% on average).

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 94.3 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the league in scoring at home.

Boston was a 93-79 loser in its last match on the road against the Heat. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 172 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 93-79 against Miami in NBA action at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Miami are 5-5
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a loss are 9-1

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Boston are 9-1
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

 

A few Celtics at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games on the road
Boston is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games when playing Miami
Boston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Boston home to Miami, Friday, June 1
Miami at Boston, Friday, June 1

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