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Boston CelticsMiami Heat
14-28January 21, 2014, 07:30 | AmericanAirlines Arena29-12



The Heat hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Tuesday as the Celtics pay a visit to AmericanAirlines Arena in NBA betting action.

The Heat sit at 29-12 (19-22 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Celtics are currently 14-28 (20-22 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Miami is 25-16 OU, and Boston is 17-25 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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The Heat - Celtics odds would favor the Heat if the lines were set according to power ranks. Miami is rated No. 12 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Celtics sit at No. 24. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 97-88 win for the Heat.

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Boston lost its last outing, a 93-91 result against the Magic on January 19. The Celtics failed to cover in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 184 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Celtics got 22 points from Jeff Green, but it was Orlando that prevailed in a 93-91 final on Sunday at Amway Center.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 121-114 loser as they battled the Hawks on the road. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 235 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Heat got a terrific 30-point performance from LeBron James but Atlanta handed them a 121-114 defeat on Monday at Philips Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 7-ranked offense (104.24 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 8 at 98.74 PPG. The Heat have averaged 50.57% from the field per game, more than the Celtics have managed so far this season (43.9% on average).

Next up:
Boston at Washington, Wednesday, January 22nd
Miami home to Los Angeles, Thursday, January 23rd

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