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NBA Odds: Heat vs. Celtics

The Miami Heat will be looking to cover for a second straight game on Tuesday when they play host to the Boston Celtics.

The 1-0 Heat won and covered the posted spread in their opener on Christmas Day, getting past the Mavs 105-94 in Dallas. The 0-1 Celtics were beaten 106-104 in New York by the Knicks in their first game.

View Boston vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 12-rated Celtics taking on the No. 3-rated Heat in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 113-100 win for the Heat on Tuesday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 105 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 28 at 106 PPG. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 48.7% so far, less than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 51.3% per game.

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 106 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.

Boston lost its last outing, a 106-104 result against the Knicks on December 25. The Celtics covered in that game as a 4.5-point underdog, while the 210 combined points took the game OVER the total. Rajon Rondo was dynamite, scoring 31 points and adding 5 rebounds but New York still won, 106-104, over Boston on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Miami won its last outing, a 105-94 result against the Mavericks on December 25. The Heat covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 199 combined points took the game OVER the total. Miami got 37 points from LeBron James en route to a 105-94 victory over Dallas on Sunday at American Airlines Center.

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

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Charlotte are 5-5
After playing Dallas are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Celtics at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 8 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 on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Miami's last 8 games when playing at home against Boston
Miami is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at New Orleans, Wednesday, December 28
Miami at Charlotte, Wednesday, December 28

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