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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics - 1/21/14

Boston Celtics (14-28) at Miami Heat (29-12)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)

The Line: Miami Heat -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Miami Heat will get their first look at Rajon Rondo in a uniform this season when the Boston Celtics invade the American Airlines Arena.

The Celtics have lost 11 of their last 12 but seem to be getting closer to a win after losing their last two games by a combined five points. After narrowly losing to the Lakers, the Celtics hit the road to take on the struggling Magic but fell short by 93-91 on Sunday. Jeff Green led the scoring with 22 points while Kris Humphries and Avery Bradley added 18 points apiece, but the Celtics failed to capitalize on the Magic's cold shooting in the third quarter where they scored just 13 points. Rajon Rondo continued to work his way into the season with another quiet performance of just six points and four assists in 21 minutes of play as the Celtics dropped to 14-28 overall and 5-16 on the road where they've lost nine straight.

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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics - 1/21/14

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Meanwhile, the Heat haven't exactly been in the best form themselves as they've beaten just the Bobcats and the Sixers in their last six games. However, they will be relieved to finally be home after a gruelling six-game road trip which ended with a 121-114 loss to the Hawks last night. LeBron James scored a game-high 30 points while Chris Bosh added 17, but the Heat showed a serious lack of intensity on the defensive end which allowed the Hawks to explode for 71 points in the first half, the most allowed by the Heat in a half this season. Once again, Dwyane Wade was rested for this game which has been a regular sight this season as coach Spoelstra looks to keep him fresh for the playoffs.

In ATS trends, the Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games against teams above .600, while the Heat are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on no days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Head to head, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the Over is 22-6 in the last 28 meetings in Miami.

The Heat will keep winning their fair share of games this season whether Wade gets on the court or not, but there's no doubt that there is a noticeable drop in motivation which is the main reason for their recent shortcomings. Having said that, I feel that this is a good a shot as any for the Celtics to spring a surprise attack against the Heat and maybe keep this one close from start to finish.

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