Originally written March 15, 2013 on NESN.com:
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The Boston Celtics may have found themselves in a relatively light week — light enough that they’ve made an obvious effort to give Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett more rest than usual — but they’ll be right back in the swing of things this Monday. NBA odds favor the reigning champion Miami Heat in the March matchup, but the last time these two clubs met the veteran C’s came out on top. With 30-1 odds of winning the NBA championship, the Celtics sit in a peculiar position. They’ve seen their 2013 forecast vary wildly over the course of the season, their odds first dipping disconcertingly low and then climbing back up as they re-established themselves as Eastern Conference contenders in the wake of the Rajon Rondo injury. These days, while few would consider them locks or even favorites to push deep into the playoffs, nobody wants to completely rule them out just yet either. Boston will face the No. 1 team, in the Miami Heat, on the NBA line. Not only are LeBron James and company favore...
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