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HEAT: (-2, O/U 191) Miami might have started the season slowly, but no team is hotter entering the 2nd half of the year. Miami is tied with Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Heat are 42-15 SU and 29-27-1 ATS overall this season. Miami is an impressive 21-10 SU and 18-12 ATS in road games this year. The Heat were expected to struggle on the road this year, but that hasn't turned out to be the case. Miami is just 1-3 ATS as a road favorite of 3 PTS or fewer this season. The Heat are certainly looking forward to this game, considering they lost earlier this season to Chicago. F LeBron James has been dynamic this season, as he's having his finest all around season of his career. James is averaging a team high 26.2 PPG and 7.2 APG this season, in addition to 7.4 RPG. F Chris Cosh is averaging 18.6 PPG and 8.1 RPG this year. The Heat are 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 games playing on 1 days rest. Miami is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%. The Heat are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Miami is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Projected Score: 98 (SIDE of the Day)
Heat are 5-1 ATS last 6 road games against a team with a winning home record.
Over is 10-3 last 13 road games.
BULLS: Chicago has an opportunity for a statement win tonight against the Miami Heat. The Bulls have already beaten the Heat once this year, and they'd love to do so again. Chicago is almost completely healthy, with the return of C Joakim Noah. The Bulls are 38-16 SU and 32-20-2 ATS overall this year. Chicago is an impressive 25-4 SU at home this season. Despite their strong SU home record, Chicago is just 12-17 ATS at home this season. Chicago is 9-4 ATS as the listed underdog this year, including 3-0 ATS as a home underdog of 3 PTS or fewer. PG Derrick Rose is having an MVP caliber season, as he leads the Bulls with 24.9 PPG and 8.2 APG. F Carlos Boozer is averaging 19.3 PPG and 9.9 RPG this year. F Luol Deng is also having a great season for Chicago, as he's averaging 17.7 PPG. The Bulls are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. Chicago is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. Chicago is 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games.
Bulls are 4-0 ATS last 4 games against the Eastern Conference.
Over is 4-1 last 5 games overall.
CELTICS: (-3.5, O/U 203.5) Boston has won their past 3 games SU as they enter a primetime game with Denver tonight. The Celtics are currently tied with Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Boston is 41-14 SU and 27-26-2 ATS overall this season. The Celtics are 16-9 SU and 14-11 ATS on the road this year. With age creeping up on them, Boston knows this is their best chance at another NBA Championship. The Celtics are expected to make a push in the 2nd half of the regular season, as they desperately want home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Boston is 19-24 ATS as the listed underdog this season. F Paul Pierce is averaging a team high 18.9 PPG this season. G Ray Allen has had a historic season, as he's become the most prolific 3 point shooter in NBA history. Allen is averaging 17.3 PPG this season, while shooting better than 45% from beyond the arc. All 5 starters are shooting better than 50% from the field this year. The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. Boston is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%. The Celtics are 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 games following a SU win. Boston is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS win. The Celtics are 15-37-1 ATS in their last 53 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. Boston is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Projected Score: 107 (OVER-Total of the Day)
Celtics are 4-1 ATS last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Under is 4-0 last 4 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
NUGGETS: Denver is growing accustomed to life without Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets played one of their strongest games of this season in their last outing, as they crushed the Memphis Grizzlies. The home crowd has really taken a liking to their rebuilding Nuggets, and their home court is likely to be as formidable as ever. Denver is 33-25 SU and 25-30-3 ATS overall this season. The Nuggets are 23-7 SU and 13-15 ATS in home games this year. Denver is 10-11 ATS as the listed underdog this season, including 2- ATS as a home underdog of 3 PTS or fewer. C Nene Hilario is going to be the focal point of this Nuggets team moving forward. Hilario is averaging 15 PPG and 7.1 RPG this season. G Arron Afflalo is one of the most improved players in the NBA this year, as he's averaging 12.9 PPG while playing lockdown defense. The Nuggets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against the Eastern Conference. Denver is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest. The Nuggets are 6-19-4 ATS in their last 29 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. Denver is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%.
Projected Score: 103
Nuggets are 14-5 ATS last 19 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Over is 9-2 last 11 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.