On Wednesday night, the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics will host the NBA season opening game against the retooled Miami Heat at the TD Garden in Boston, MA.
The Boston Celtics are eager to start their season on the right foot after a heartbreaking Game 7 loss over the LA Lakers last season. They added Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal to bolster their center position which was the missing link during the 2010 Finals. The Celtics will still be led by the Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Promising PG Rajon Rondo will orchestrate the flow of the offense and also will anchor the perimeter defense as he usually disrupts the opponent's offense.
Miami Heat was the major buzz during this summer's free agent season. Dwayne Wade decided to stay while Chris Bosh and two-time NBA League MVP Lebron James inked multi-year deals to join and help Wade resurrect the Heat's championship aspirations. Lebron's world took a major hit after he decided to bring his talents to South Beach. He's more focus and determined to prove his detractors his decision to join Wade and Bosh was his correct choice.
The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Miami Heat as the odds on favorite to win the Eastern Conference as well as the Larry O'Brian trophy this season. However, the Boston Celtics would like to make a statement as they open the 2010-11 NBA Season this Wednesday night.