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The Miami Heat (37-13) will close out a short two-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents when taking on the Boston Celtics (29-22) inside the TD Garden on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. EDT in a nationally-televised event on ABC.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have opened up the Heat as 3.5-point favorites—due to winning three consecutive games in the series, while the total sits at 186.5.

Miami struggled at times to put away the Toronto Raptors in its last contest, finally pulling away for a 113-101 win as seven-point road favorites on Friday night.  The Heat also went "over" the total for a third consecutive game.

This will be the second of four matchups between these rivals during the 2011-12 season, with Heat forward LeBron James leading the way with a team-high 26 points in a 115-107 win as 9.5-point home favorites on Dec. 27.

It was an impressive victory for nume...

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