Basketball sports betting handicappers will have their choice of two of the top basketball betting online favorites to win the Eastern Conference in a likely playoff preview.
The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are scheduled for a starting time on TNT of 8 PM ET from Miami. Be sure and open your account at Sports-Gambling for the side and total odds on this one.
Boston has a record of 6-2 straight up and 4-4 with the NBA lines with an even 4-4 split on over/unders. The Celtics are in 1st place in the NBA Atlantic Division. Boston is coming off an 89-87 loss at Dallas which snapped a 5 game winning streak.
Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 19.6 points per game while Rajon Rondo has a team best 118 assists and Kevin Garnett is averaging 10.2 rebounds per game. Ray Allen is chipping in 17.2 points per game.
Miami has a record of 5-3 straight up and 4-4 with the NBA betting odds and has an even 4-4 split on over/unders. The Heat are in 3rd place in the Southeast Division. Miami is coming off a 116-114 overtime home loss to the Utah Jazz and has lost 2 of their last 3 games.
Dwyane Wade leads the Heat with 26 points per game while LeBron James has 20.6 points per game and a team best 69 assists.
Boston is 8-2 against the spread after a straight up loss and 5-2 against the board versus teams with a winning record. Miami has paid out in just 4 of their last 10 games after a straight up loss and are just 6-14 against the number in Thursday night action. The Heat have gone over the total in 8 of their last 11 games that follow a straight up loss.
Boston has gone under the total in 7 of their last 10 games that follow a straight up loss. Boston has covered 5 of the last 6 basketball sports betting matchups in this head to head series and have paid out in 8 of their last 10 trips to Miami. The two teams have gone over the total in 4 of their last 5 matchups at Miami.