Heat vs. Celtics (April 22, 2024) Pregame –

Miami Heat (46-36, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (64-18, first in the Eastern Conference)

Boston; Sunday, 1:00 PM EDT

BETMGM SPORTS BOOK: LINE Celtics -13.5; above/under is 208.5

EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Celtics host first series matchup

Bottom line: The Boston Celtics host the Miami Heat to start the first round of the Eastern Conference. Boston fell 3-0 to Miami during the regular season. The Celtics won the final matchup of the regular season 110-106 on February 11. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 26 points, and Tyler Herro led the Heat with 24 points.

The Celtics are 41-11 in Eastern Conference play. Boston leads the Eastern Conference with 46.3 rebounds per game, led by Tatum with an average of 8.1.

The Heat are 32-20 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami is 8-4 in games decided by fewer than 4 points.

The 120.6 points per game the Celtics score is 12.2 more points than the Heat allow (108.4). The Heat averaged 110.1 points per game, 0.9 more than the 109.2 the Celtics allowed their opponents.

TOP PERFORMERS: Tatum is scoring 26.9 points per game with 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the Celtics. Payton Pritchard is averaging 15.6 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 54.7% over his past ten games.

Bam Adebayo is averaging 19.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Heat. Herro is averaging 12.6 points over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Celtics: 7-3, averaging 116.7 points, 45.7 rebounds, 29.0 assists, 8.1 steals and 7.0 blocks per game while shooting 49.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.8 points per game.

Heat: 7-3, averaging 116.1 points, 43.8 rebounds, 27.6 assists, 8.3 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 48.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.6 points.

INJURIES: Celtics: Jrue Holiday: day-to-day (knee), Derrick White: day-to-day (ankle), Jayson Tatum: day-to-day (rest), Al Horford: day-to-day (rest), Jaylen Brown : from day to day (rest), Kristaps Porzingis: from day to day (rest).

Heat: Terry Rozier: out (neck), Josh Richardson: season out (shoulder), Jimmy Butler: out (mcl).


The Associated Press produced this story using technology from Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.