The Celtics are playing the last game of a five-game homestand. This basketball betting matchup could easily be a first or second round matchup in the playoffs so Miami will want to prove they can beat the Celtics in Boston.
Basketball betting trends do favor the Celtics on Friday. Boston has won 7 of the last 10 games against Miami and they are 6-4 against the basketball odds in those games. The Celtics have won three of the last five home games against Miami but they are just 2-3 against the basketball odds. The two teams have met three times this year and the Celtics have won two of the three outright but Miami is 2-1 against the NBA betting pointspread. The Heat split the two games in Miami against the Celtics but they lost 112-108 last month at Boston. They did cover the 7 point NBA betting odds though.
Miami has been much better this season due in large part to Dwyane Wade who leads the league in scoring as basketball betting stats indicate. The Heat still have a losing record against the NBA betting pointspread on the road though. Basketball betting tells us that Wade just doesn’t get enough help on a nightly basis and Jermaine O’Neal has not provided nearly enough for the Heat.
Boston started the season very strongly against the basketball betting number but they have slipped in recent weeks. They now have a losing record at home versus the NBA betting pointspread. The Celtics have had injuries issues, especially in regards to Kevin Garnett. Boston is no longer a sure thing to win in the NBA playoffs or in basketball betting this season but they are still a force to be respected.
The basketball betting under is 6-3-1 in the last ten meetings between the two teams. At Boston, the under in basketball betting is 3-1-1 in the last five games.
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