Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics
Tip-off: Monday, March 18, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
TD Garden, Boston, MA
It was in 2008 when the Boston Celtics stopped the second-longest winning streak in NBA history and YouWager experts consider that tonight they must make sure the Miami Heat don’t take it all for themselves.
Miami would have to do it by becoming the first visiting team in nearly two months to come out victorious in Boston — the only Eastern Conference city where they have no regular-season wins during the LeBron James era.
Taking all of those facts into account add to the intrigue to a game which would be extremely significant regardless of the rival or location because the Heat are looking for a 23rd consecutive win this evening.
Coach Erik Spoelstra’s team now must play away from home for a second straight day, having stretched their victory streak to 22 with a 108-91 win versus the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon. That matched the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for No. 2 on the league’s list of top winning streaks, shy of only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ run of 33.
The Rockets’ streak of 22 straight wins ended March 18, 2008, with a 94-74 home defeat to Boston.
The Heat’s run began five days after a 100-98 double-overtime defeat in Boston on Jan. 27, the same day the Celtics (36-29) were to learn that Rajon Rondo was out for the season with a torn ACL. To every bettors surprise the Celtics won all 11 of their games in Boston since losing Rondo, recording the team’s longest single-season home winning streak since 2008-09.
This home victory streak began with that thriller versus Miami (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. However, the Heat are 2/3 there in the NBA playoffs over the past two years, including a Game 6 victory in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals when Boston had an opportunity to close out the series.