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NBA Playoff Betting: Celtics vs. Heat

After taking Game 1 the Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat look to take a 2-0 series lead tonight when thet face The Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the opening round playoff series.

Miami was a 5-point favorite in the series opener and covered the spread in a 99-90 victory. Wade led the Heat with 38 points, while Ray Allen netted 25 points for Boston in a losing effort.

View Boston vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Heat installed as 6-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 185.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 3-rated Heat and the No. 12-rated Celtics in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 104-101 win for the Heat on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Celtics rank No. 29 in the league with 38.8 per game. That compares with Miami’s No. 9 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Miami is the NBA’s No. 11-ranked team at 6.7 per game, while the Celtics rate No. 26 with 5 per contest.

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 90.9 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 99-90 loser as they battled the Heat on the road. The Celtics failed to cover in the match as a 5-point underdog, while 189 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Celtics wasted a 25-point performance from Ray Allen as Miami ran past them 99-90 on Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 9-1
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Miami are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

A few Celtics at Heat trends to consider:
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
Boston is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 18 of Boston's last 25 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Miami is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 9 games

Next up:
Boston home to Miami, Saturday, May 7
Miami at Boston, Saturday, May 7