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Heat visit Celtics in hoops battle

Miami HeatBoston Celtics
46-19March 19, 2014, 07:30 | TD Garden22-46

The Heat will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Celtics in Boston at TD Garden on Wednesday in NBA action.

Boston will face the 46-19 Heat, who own a 31-33-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Celtics are 28-40 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Heat are 37-28 favoring the OVER.View Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Celtics in this one, they were listed earlier as 8-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 199.5 for Wednesday at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 18-rated Heat taking on the No. 17-rated Celtics in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 97-88 win for the Heat on Wednesday.

Miami was a 100-96 winner in its last match on the road against the Cavaliers. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 196 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. LeBron James went off for 43 points and added 6 rebounds leading Miami to a 100-96 win over Cleveland on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Celtics were a 94-89 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Mavericks. They covered the 11.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (183) made winners of UNDER bettors. Boston suffered a 94-89 loss against Dallas on Monday, getting 19 points from Jerryd Bayless in a losing effort at American Airlines Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 27-ranked offense (95.43 PPG) against a Heat defense that ranks No. 7 at 98.65 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 43.11% from the field per game, less than the Heat have managed so far this season (50.67% on average).

Next up:
Miami home to Memphis, Friday, March 21st
Boston at Brooklyn, Friday, March 21st