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NCAA Hoops: Prediction for Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat

Overview

The top two teams out of the Eastern Conference will get together on Sunday afternoon. The Miami Heat will play the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. Miami has emerged with the best record in the Eastern Conference, just half game ahead of the Celtics. These two teams have met twice during the season, with Boston coming away with two early victories. The Heat and Celtics will get together in South Beach near the end of the season. This game will feature several of the top players in the NBA, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. We will give you our expert pick soon, but first let’s take a look at both teams.

Boston Celtics (+1.5)

The Boston Celtics come into the game coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The loss for the Celtics was their second straight. Boston did get great news in the loss, as sharpshooter Ray Allen broke the all time NBA three point record. Allen passed the former Pacers star Reggie Miller. Boston is the top assist team in the league, averaging 24.5 per game. Rajon Rondo, the Celtics point guard is pacing the way with 12.3. Boston’s defense has also been very good this season, as they rank first in the country – allowing 92.5 points per game. Boston holds an 11.5 game lead over the New York Knicks and 13.5 game lead over Philadelphia.

Miami Heat (-1.5)

The Miami Heat have gotten things going as of late. After starting slow, and then heating up, and then losing games due to injuries, Miami has won 8 straight games. The 8 game winning streak has moved the Heat to six games ahead of both second place Atlanta and Orlando. The Heat are led in scoring by former Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James. James is scoring 26.2 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. Miami is 10th in the league in scoring, averaging 102.1 points per game. Miami is just eight wins shy of 47 in which they won all of last season. The Heat are coming off a road win in Detroit, in which Wade led the way with 24 points, and Chris Bosh added 10 rebounds.

Conclusion

These two teams look to possible be on a crash course for the Eastern Conference finals. Sure, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta and possible New York look to stand in their way – but the conference title goes through these two cities. This game is very interesting on paper, as it appears the Celtics have the better overall team. Boston is aging, and seem to be slowing down a bit. Wade and James are on the top of their game, scoring, passing and rebounding with authority. The Heat are -1.5 in this game. That’s a little hard to believe, due to Boston winning the first two games of the series. Our expert pick – Miami wins again and covers -1.5. Heat win 101-96.

ATS Trends

Miami
  • Heat are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games.
  • Heat are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Heat are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win.
  • Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
  • Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
  • Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
  • Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Heat are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Heat are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 road games.
  • Heat are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games as a road favorite.
  • Heat are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Boston
  • Celtics are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games.
  • Celtics are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games as a home underdog.
  • Celtics are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games as a home underdog of 0.5-4.5.
  • Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog.
  • Celtics are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 2 days rest.
  • Celtics are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games following a S.U. loss.
  • Celtics are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.
  • Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5.
  • Celtics are 6-13-2 ATS in their last 21 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Celtics are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • Celtics are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast.
  • Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.

OU Trends

Miami
  • Over is 4-0 in Heat last 4 road games.
  • Over is 4-0 in Heat last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Over is 5-0 in Heat last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Over is 10-1 in Heat last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • Over is 9-1 in Heat last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Over is 5-1 in Heat last 6 games as a road favorite.
  • Over is 9-2 in Heat last 11 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Over is 4-1 in Heat last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Over is 12-3-1 in Heat last 16 games following a S.U. win.
  • Over is 4-1 in Heat last 5 games as a favorite.
  • Over is 8-2-1 in Heat last 11 games following a ATS win.
  • Over is 15-5-1 in Heat last 21 overall.
  • Under is 3-1-1 in Heat last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic.
  • Over is 9-4 in Heat last 13 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Boston
  • Under is 6-1 in Celtics last 7 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5.
  • Over is 9-2 in Celtics last 11 games following a ATS loss.
  • Under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 Sunday games.
  • Under is 8-2 in Celtics last 10 games as an underdog.
  • Over is 9-3 in Celtics last 12 home games.
  • Over is 5-2 in Celtics last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Over is 7-3 in Celtics last 10 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.

Head to Head

  • Under is 14-5-1 in the last 20 meetings in Boston.
  • Home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
  • Favorite is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings.
  • Over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
  • Heat are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
  • Heat are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Boston.

Match Date - Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pick: Miami Heat -1.5

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