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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 3/18/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
MIAMI
 
BOSTON
-5.5  

+5.5  
-220

+180

191
 
105
Final
103

MIAMI (51 - 14) at BOSTON (36 - 29)
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Monday, 3/18/2013 8:05 PM
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511MIAMI-4-4.5
512BOSTON190189
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games51-14+11.335-3032-32103.451.949.6%46.595.848.744.1%48.4
Road Games21-11+0.218-1413-1999.449.948.3%47.194.747.843.2%49.8
Last 5 Games5-0+54-12-3103.254.050.7%44.490.242.841.8%50.0
MIAMI Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)103.451.939-7849.6%8-2138.6%18-2376.3%47823199135
vs opponents surrendering97.849.237-8245.1%7-2035.9%17-2275.2%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)99.449.938-7948.3%8-2136.7%16-2173.9%47922198145
Stats Against (All Games)95.848.736-8144.1%8-2235.2%17-2277.9%481120208153
vs opponents averaging97.549.137-8244.9%7-2035.8%17-2275.0%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)94.747.835-8143.2%8-2135.7%17-2278.3%501222208154

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games36-29-2.831-3132-3296.148.246.0%48.295.646.743.7%52.3
Home Games24-9+6.419-1317-1598.347.547.4%48.692.743.842.6%53.0
Last 5 Games3-2-53-23-295.448.446.8%47.693.845.844.6%47.0
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)96.148.237-8046.0%6-1735.5%16-2177.7%48823218144
vs opponents surrendering98.149.437-8245.2%7-2036.0%17-2275.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)98.347.538-8047.4%6-1635.3%17-2276.2%49724219145
Stats Against (All Games)95.646.736-8243.7%7-2033.4%17-2473.0%521121208155
vs opponents averaging97.749.137-8244.9%7-2035.9%17-2275.0%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)92.743.835-8342.6%6-2030.9%16-2370.3%531220208164
Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 95.2,  BOSTON 95.3
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
2/6/2013HOUSTON114-108W-7.5L206.5O40-8248.8%441039-8048.7%4716
2/8/2013LA CLIPPERS111-89W-3.5W193O36-6852.9%441334-7744.2%4418
2/10/2013LA LAKERS107-97W-9W203.5O44-8055.0%411135-7050.0%3714
2/12/2013PORTLAND117-104W-11W198O43-7458.1%37939-7353.4%3414
2/14/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY110-100W5.5W204.5O41-8846.6%511432-7343.8%4316
2/20/2013@ ATLANTA103-90W-5.5W196.5U37-7847.4%391136-7250.0%4919
2/21/2013@ CHICAGO86-67W-3W185.5U37-7350.7%431728-7537.3%4726
2/23/2013@ PHILADELPHIA114-90W-8.5W185O45-7758.4%41635-7844.9%3812
2/24/2013CLEVELAND109-105W-12L206O39-7552.0%451139-7850.0%4011
2/26/2013SACRAMENTO141-129W-15L209.5O56-10155.4%561248-9351.6%4619
3/1/2013MEMPHIS98-91W-7.5L187.5O34-7346.6%46733-7742.9%5012
3/3/2013@ NEW YORK99-93W-4.5W196U39-8446.4%521432-7443.2%4617
3/4/2013@ MINNESOTA97-81W-9.5W196.5U38-7451.4%532333-8837.5%4618
3/6/2013ORLANDO97-96W-15.5L204U32-7443.2%441440-8944.9%5317
3/8/2013PHILADELPHIA102-93W-13L195P42-7953.2%421537-7748.1%4015
3/10/2013INDIANA105-91W-6.5W187O38-6855.9%361226-6341.3%4516
3/12/2013ATLANTA98-81W-9.5W197U35-8242.7%541433-7842.3%5022
3/13/2013@ PHILADELPHIA98-94W-8L193U35-7546.7%471340-8547.1%4712
3/15/2013@ MILWAUKEE107-94W-5.5W202U41-7951.9%491133-8937.1%5110
3/17/2013@ TORONTO108-91W-7W194O39-6758.2%361239-9441.5%5716
3/18/2013@ BOSTON              
3/20/2013@ CLEVELAND              
3/22/2013DETROIT              
3/24/2013CHARLOTTE              
3/25/2013@ ORLANDO              
3/27/2013@ CHICAGO              
3/29/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
3/31/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
4/2/2013NEW YORK              

BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
2/6/2013@ TORONTO99-95W4W192O35-7347.9%471334-8241.5%4715
2/7/2013LA LAKERS116-95W-1.5W194O46-8752.9%54936-8741.4%5612
2/10/2013DENVER118-114W-2W206.5O43-10839.8%661648-11342.5%7621
2/11/2013@ CHARLOTTE91-94L-4.5L191U32-7741.6%481033-7742.9%5610
2/13/2013CHICAGO71-69W-2.5L181.5U28-7636.8%431027-7436.5%5920
2/19/2013@ DENVER90-97L9W204U35-7944.3%491233-7742.9%547
2/20/2013@ LA LAKERS99-113L7L193.5O39-8247.6%441242-8350.6%5712
2/22/2013@ PHOENIX113-88W-1W189.5O44-7955.7%521235-8441.7%4913
2/24/2013@ PORTLAND86-92L1.5L192.5U36-8542.4%47935-7944.3%5316
2/25/2013@ UTAH110-107W8W189O41-8647.7%461239-8844.3%5313
3/1/2013GOLDEN STATE94-86W-4W196.5U36-7548.0%541732-9434.0%6111
3/5/2013@ PHILADELPHIA109-101W-2.5W183O42-8350.6%542241-10041.0%5214
3/6/2013@ INDIANA83-81W9W184U34-8341.0%511332-8836.4%5814
3/8/2013ATLANTA107-102W-4.5W188.5O40-7851.3%471540-8845.5%4614
3/10/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY79-91L11.5L199U29-7737.7%511830-6844.1%4714
3/12/2013@ CHARLOTTE74-100L-10.5L187U27-6640.9%391335-7745.5%5710
3/13/2013TORONTO112-88W-4.5W189O39-7651.3%511434-7943.0%4017
3/16/2013CHARLOTTE105-88W-15W188O41-7951.9%501334-7644.7%4512
3/18/2013MIAMI              
3/20/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
3/22/2013@ DALLAS              
3/23/2013@ MEMPHIS              
3/26/2013NEW YORK              
3/27/2013@ CLEVELAND              
3/29/2013ATLANTA              
3/31/2013@ NEW YORK              
4/1/2013@ MINNESOTA              
4/3/2013DETROIT              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
MIAMI: GUARDS: The regular season goal for DWYANE WADE is to just stay healthy. Even following knee surgery, he's still good enough to pile up numbers, but the minutes won't be there in the regular season . . . That's why the Heat brought in RAY ALLEN. He and Wade will share the floor at times, but Allen should primarily play off the bench. His role will be to knock down the wide-open threes Wade and LeBron James create . . . After all the big plays he made in the postseason, MARIO CHALMERS is entrenched as the starting point guard, despite being plagued by a bad hammy in the preseason . . . Super-quick NORRIS COLE looks like he'll become one of the NBA's better backup point guards . . . If he doesn't retire, the absurdly brittle MIKE MILLER will see limited regular-season minutes . . . TERREL HARRIS will likely make the team because he's willing to play defense. FORWARDS: While another title is their No. 1 priority, LeBRON JAMES has shown no need to rest during the regular season. He'll play full-time minutes and be in the thick of the MVP race . . . CHRIS BOSH remains integral to the offense with his ability to pull opposing bigs away from the basket. His stats don't reflect his actual value . . . SHANE BATTIER will continue to be a defensive specialist whose offensive role is limited to shooting open threes . . . UDONIS HASLEM is another guy who will get held back in the regular season. He should lead their low-post rotation . . . RASHARD LEWIS' knee problems have robbed him of athleticism . . . But Lewis should beat out fellow shooter JAMES JONES for a rotation spot . . . JARVIS VARNADO is a shot-blocking force with little to no offensive game. CENTERS: JOEL ANTHONY will continue to tag-team with Haslem in the middle. Anthony is an absolute negative on the offensive end, but he brings more size and shot-blocking than Haslem . . . DEXTER PITTMAN will be battling for a roster spot. Sexy Dexy has shown no signs of being an NBA-caliber player so far in his career . . . MICKELL GLADNESS is a better alternative than Pittman on both ends of the floor.
BOSTON: GUARDS: This offense now belongs to RAJON RONDO, and that should be especially true during the regular season . . . Even if he comes off the bench, JASON TERRY figures to see the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard. He provides some much-needed outside shooting after Ray Allen left and should challenge Paul Pierce for the team lead in shot attempts . . . Adding COURTNEY LEE was more of a move for the future. He's a fine young second-unit player for now and should be an heir apparent on one of the wings . . . AVERY BRADLEY could be out until December after shoulder surgery. As Boston's best perimeter defensive player, he could reclaim his starting job in the season's second half . . . The addition of LEANDRO BARBOSA gives Boston another veteran who can create his own offense in the second unit, something that was sorely missing in last year's playoff run. FORWARDS: PAUL PIERCE quietly had a great regular season last year. Though with some improved depth behind him, Rivers might have his 35-year-old All-Star wing rest more often . . . BRANDON BASS gives them another scoring option, even if he does struggle on the defensive end. He'll get full-time minutes only in certain matchups as long as the frontcourt is healthy . . . JEFF GREEN's heart condition is no longer a concern, but the tweener's role in Boston after a year off is cause for worry . . . There are already question marks surrounding rookie JARED SULLINGER's back. He's very similar to Bass: He can score out to mid-range but doesn't play much defense. Expect him to be strictly a second-unit player in his first NBA season . . . CHRIS WILCOX will provide fouls off the bench when healthy. CENTERS: The Celtics are prepared to go with KEVIN GARNETT in the middle, which was the case when they were at their best last season. His role on offense is still knocking down mid-range jumpers, and he's still an elite defensive player . . . Professional flopper JASON COLLINS will fill in nicely for the departed Greg Stiemsma . . . FAB MELO is years away from being ready to contribute (if he actually is ever ready to contribute) and DARKO MILICIC was also added via free agency for more frontcourt depth.
PREVIEW
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*Heat-Celtics Preview* ======================

By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor

Miami (50-14) at Boston (36-29), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Exactly five years to the day when the Boston Celtics stopped the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, they can make sure the Miami Heat don't take it all for themselves.

The Heat would have to do it by becoming the first visiting team in nearly two months to win in Boston - the only Eastern Conference city where they have no regular-season victories during the LeBron James era.

All of those facts provide even more intrigue to a game which would be extremely significant regardless of the opponent or location because Miami is seeking a 23rd consecutive victory Monday night.

"If there's any group that would be motivated in a circumstance like this, it's that team in green," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I don't know if the streak will be a big factor but they love playing against us, and vice versa."

Spoelstra's squad now must the road for a second straight day, having stretched its win streak to 22 with a 108-91 victory in Toronto on Sunday afternoon. That matched the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for No. 2 on the NBA's list of top winning streaks, shy of only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers' run of 33.

"It's a special ride right now that we're on," James said. "The best thing about it is we're doing it together."

Houston's streak of 22 straight victories ended March 18, 2008, with a 94-74 home loss to the Celtics.

Miami's run began five days after a 100-98 double-overtime loss in Boston on Jan. 27, the same day the Celtics (36-29) learned Rajon Rondo was out for the season with a torn ACL. Shockingly, they've won all 11 of their games in Boston since losing Rondo, recording the team's longest single-season home winning streak since 2008-09.

"We just feel like this is a building we should never lose in," said Paul Pierce, whose Celtics are 24-9 at home. "Teams coming to the Garden, they've got to know that this is going to be their toughest game of the year. That's the feeling and the swagger that we're bringing."

This home win streak began with that thriller against the Heat (51-14), who have averaged a paltry 79.6 points in going 0-5 at Boston during the regular season since James joined the team. Miami, though, is 2-3 there in the playoffs over the past two years, including a Game 6 win in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals when the Celtics had a chance to close out the series.

The Heat also knocked them out in the conference semifinals a year earlier, but Boston has won 12 of the past 15 regular-season meetings. That includes a 7-3 record since James joined this rivalry, though the Celtics did lose 120-107 in Miami to open the season.

"We've got to know we're going to have a dog fight on our hands," said Dwyane Wade, who had 17 points on 6-of-20 shooting with six turnovers in the Jan. 27 loss at Boston.

James had a season-best 16 rebounds in that game and scored 34 points, but he took a season-high 31 field-goal attempts and missed a potential go-ahead 12-footer with less than seven seconds left in the second OT.

Kevin Garnett keyed the win with 24 points and 11 rebounds but could miss this matchup due to a strained muscle in his left thigh. He sat out Saturday's 105-88 win over Charlotte - just the second game he's missed all season - and coach Doc Rivers told the team's official website that Garnett is "50-50 at best" to play Monday.

"It's just a point of the year where you're just not going to play him if he's not feeling great," Rivers said.

Pierce should be well-rested, having played less than 24 minutes in each of the past two games after being given a night off Tuesday against the Bobcats. He had a triple-double in the last meeting with Miami and scored 23 points in the first one.


Last Updated: 11/1/2014 12:22:04 AM EST


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