Basketball betting concerns are mounting for the Miami Heat as they have yet to show consistency and live up to the preseason hype of being labeled an online basketball betting lock to win it all.
The Boston Celtics will host the Miami Heat on Sunday with a national telecast on ABC set to start at 1 PM ET. This matchup could very well be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this showdown so be sure and have your account open and ready for action!
Miami had a record of 36-14 straight up and 25-24-1 with the NBA lines. The Heat showed their best value on the road with a mark of 16-10-1 against the spread while going over the total in 14 out of 27 games. Miami was playing good defense this season and ranked 5th in the NBA for points allowed.
The Heat covered 4 consecutive games from January 30 through February 4 and went over the total in all 4 of those games. LeBron James was averaging 26.4 points per game while Dwyane Wade had 25.3 points per game. James led the Heat in assists with 7.4 per game while Chris Bosh had a team best 8.1 rebounds per outing.
Boston was 10-14-2 with the NBA betting odds as a host and went over the total in 17 of those games. The Celtics had the top ranked defense in the NBA. Paul Pierce led Boston with 19 points per game while Rajon Rondo had 12.5 assists per game.
Boston has dominated this head to head series with 15 payouts in the last 20 matchups between these two teams. This is third meeting of the season between these two teams. Boston scored an 88-80 home payout over Miami on October 26 as the game went under the total and then got the money in a 112-107 road win at Miami on November 11 as the game went over the total.
Boston has scored 9 consecutive payouts over Miami at home with 3 of the last 4 meetings between the two teams at Boston going under the basketball betting total.