Heat shoots for 23rd straight win
The Miami Heat were tagged with a SU and ATS loss the last time they played the Boston Celtics back in January, but they bring a 22-game win streak into tonight's game. Those Eastern Conference teams will do battle once again on Monday night.
The Celtics topped the Heat 100-98 as a 3.5-point home underdog on the NBA betting lines in the last matchup between the teams on January 27. That broke a streak of three straight wins both SU and ATS for the Heat over the Celtics dating back to last season.
The Celtics sport records of 36-29 and 31-31-3 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Heat sit at 51-14 and 35-30 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 32-32-1 for the Celtics and 33-32 for the Heat. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The visitors opened this morning as 6-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 190 at TopBet and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 15-rated Celtics and the No. 6-rated Heat in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 105-98 win for the Heat on Monday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 18-ranked offense (96.1 PPG) against a Heat defense that ranks No. 8 at 95.8 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 46% from the field per game, less than the Heat have managed so far this season (49.6% on average).
Defensively, the Heat feature the league's No. 5-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.7 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.
The Heat were a 108-91 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Raptors. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites, while the total score (199) made winners of OVER bettors. The Heat got 24 points from Dwyane Wade as Miami ran past Toronto 108-91 on Sunday at Air Canada Centre.
In their last action, Boston was a 105-88 winner at home against the Bobcats. They covered the 15-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (193) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Boston earned a 105-88 victory over Charlotte on Saturday, getting 15 points from Jason Terry at TD Garden.
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 8-2
After playing Toronto are 8-2
After a win are 10-0
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing New Orleans are 5-5
After playing Charlotte are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
A few Heat at Celtics trends to consider:
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Miami's last 8 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Boston is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Miami
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games when playing Miami
Boston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Miami at Cleveland, Wednesday, March 20
Boston at New Orleans, Wednesday, March 20