Boston Celtics versus Miami Heat Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 3-18-2013

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The 51-14 Miami Heat will travel on a back to back when they face the 36-29 Boston Celtics in an NBA pro basketball game on Monday night. Tip off time from Boston is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.

The odds from this NBA pro basketball game have Miami Heat favored by -5 points with an over under line of 189 points. There has been no line movement since the odds were released a few hours ago.

This will be the third meeting of the year between the Heat and Celtics with each team winning and covering the point spread in their home game. Both games played over the total.

Miami is 21-11 on the road this season. They increased their win streak to 22 in a row following a 108-91 road win at the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon as a -7 ½ point betting favorite. The game ended over 194 ½ points. The Heat blew the game open in the second half by outscoring Toronto 32-18 in the final period. They shot 58.2% from the floor and connected on 10 of 22 three pointers. Miami survived getting crushed on the glass by a 51-26 margin by holding Toronto to 41.5% shooting as well as 2 of 20 shooting from three point distance. Dwayne Wade led Miami with 24 points and 9 assists on 10 of 15 shooting. Miami has shot the ball very well this season hitting on 49.6% from the field which ranks number one in the NBA. The only blemish on this team is their rebounding where Miami ranks 30th and last in the NBA.

The Celtics are 24-9 on their home court. They win their second straight all at home following a 105-88 victory against the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday as a -15 point betting favorite. The game landed over 188 ½ points. Boston shot 51.9% from the floor and made 10 of 15 from the three point line. They had 7 more rebounds than the Bobcats and held Charlotte to 44.7% shooting. Jason Terry came off the bench for 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting. The Celtics has defended very well this season as the club sits in the top four in the NBA in two key categories which are field goal and three point defending. They give up 43.7% shooting from the field and 33.4% from the three point line this season.