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Celtics visit Heat in NBA clash

Boston CelticsMiami Heat
Oct 30, 8:00 PM | AmericanAirlines Arena

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Odds

39-27TEAM RECORD46-20

Although the Cavaliers and Wizards will technically beat them by an hour, the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics will help tip off the 2012-13 campaign in style Tuesday night.

The rivalry between the two Eastern Conference giants is no secret, but the days where the two are equal on the NBA moneyline may have come and gone.

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While the Heat lead the NBA futures with 9/4 odds of winning the championship this season, the Celtics trail behind at 14/1. Considering that Miami’s LeBron James is looking as comfortable as ever after winning his first ring, and that the once-proud Celtics core is yet one year older, the discrepancy is no surprise.

If Boston is to cover the spread against the league juggernaut, they’ll need solid contributions from not only superstar point guard Rajon Rondo, but veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. New this season, don’t forget, is former Mavericks guard Jason Terry.

Beyond the box score, however, is a storyline that may be more relevant to fans than to bettors. The game marks Heat shooting guard Ray Allen’s first against his former team.

With emotions running high, and opening day excitement to boot, the matchup may be one of the most intriguing of the week. Get in on the fun today.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Heat installed as 7.5-point favorites in this particular matchup at Bovada. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 182.

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How They Match Up:

In their last action, Boston was a 101-88 loser on the road against the Heat. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (189) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Boston got 22 points and 10 rebounds from Rajon Rondo in a losing cause in a 101-88 loss to Miami on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After playing Miami are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing New York are 8-2
After playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

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

Next up:
Boston home to Milwaukee, Friday, November 2
Miami at New York, Friday, November 2