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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics - 12/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (10-14) at Miami Heat (12-15)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)

The Line: Miami Heat -1.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds


The Boston Celtics travel to South Beach to battle the Miami Heat tonight.

The Boston Celtics will try for a season-high fourth straight victory tonight when they invade the AmericanAirlines Arena to take on the Heat. In the team's first game since trading Rajon Rondo, six players finish in double figures as the Celtics destroyed the Timberwolves by 114-98 on Friday. Kelly Olynyk led the way with 21 points off the bench while Jeff Green added 18 points, but it was a real balanced offense that only seemed to get better as the C's shot 56.5 percent from the field while scoring 61 points in the second half. With the win, Boston went to 10-14 on the season and 7-8 at home.

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics - 12/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have lost nine of their last 12 and will be looking to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Wizards by 105-103 on Friday. John Wall led the team with 20 points and 10 assists while Nene added 20 points in just 26 minutes off the bench as the Wizards overcame a rough shooting night of 3 of 14 from the three point line to take down the Heat who were without Chris Bosh. Defensively, the Wizards really didn't have much of an answer for Dwyane Wade who torched them for 28 points and eight assists, but they managed to work themselves into the game in the fourth quarter and cap the win off with a late clutch steal off Wade. With the win, Washington imrpoves to 19-6 overall and 6-4 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Celtics are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, while the Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss and just 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine home games.

Head to head, the Celtics are 40-19 ATS in the last 59 meetings overall and 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Miami.

This game really is a coin flip, but I think I'd prefer a play on the Celtics who have shown that their not so reliant on one player to win the game, not like the Heat have been lately.

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Boston +1.5

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