After opening their season with an impressive win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics will now hit the road and travel to South Beach to face off against a team that took them to the NBA Finals in the Miami Heat a season ago have moved in.
In a seven-game streak, Boston bested Miami in the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals and advanced to the NBA Finals. Every time these two teams went head-to-head this year, it immediately created a must-see matchup.
The Celtics looked very strong in their opening win last Tuesday when Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led offense and each scored 35 points in the win. Defense has been the Celtics’ primary strength for the past year or so, but it was their offensive explosion in the first game of the year that promised many about this team’s chances of a return to the NBA Finals.
As for the Miami Heat, opening night ended in disappointment for them when they lost 116-108 to a Chicago Bulls team without Zach LaVine. Overall, however, this is just one game and the Heat will once again be a hard team to beat night after night simply because they are a strong defensive unit.
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How to watch Celtics vs Heat
- WHO: Boston Celtics (1-0) vs. Miami Heat (0-1)
- IF: 7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, October 21, 2022
- WHERE: FTX Arena, Miami, Florida
- TV: ESPN
- Stream: Fubo.tv CLICK HERE
Key stats and facts for Celtics vs Heat
- The Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 126-117 in their season opener Tuesday night.
- The Miami Heat lost 116-108 to the Chicago Bulls in their season opener Wednesday night.
- Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 70 points in the Celtics’ opening game.
- Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro combined for 47 points in the Heat’s opening game.
- The Celtics won two of their three regular-season meetings against the Heat a year ago, topping Miami by 39 points in the season series.
May 29, 2022 – Celtics 100, Heat 96
In Game 7 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart scored a combined 74 points for the Celtics on their way to defeating the Heat and advancing to the 2022 NBA Finals. Except for Jimmy Butler (35 points) and Bam Adebayo (25 points), the Heat failed to make a basket as the rest of the team shot just 27.9 percent from the floor. Boston has surpassed Miami by 18 points from the three-point line in that game.
Latest injury reports:
Celts: Danilo Gallinari (Knee – ACL) – AUS, Robert Williams (Knee) – AUS,
Heat: Omer Yurtseven (ankle) – AUS, Victor Oladipo (knee) – AUS
PROJECTS CELTICS STARTER:
- G Marcus Smart6-3 guard: 14.0 points, 7.0 assists
- G Derrick White6-4 guard: 2.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists
- G/F Jaylen Brown6-6 guard/forward: 35.0 points, 3.0 rebounds
- F.Jayson Tatum6-8 forward: 35.0 points, 12.0 rebounds
- F/C Al Horford6-9 Forward/Center: 6.0 points, 5.0 rebounds
PROJECTED HEAT STARTERS:
- G. Kyle Lowry6-10 guard: 2.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists
- G. Tyler Herro6-5 guard: 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds
- F Jimmy Butler6-4 forward: 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds
- F Caleb Martin6-10 forward: 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists
- C Bam Adebayo6-11 middle: 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds
- The Celtics are currently 2.5-point favorites over the Heat as of Friday afternoon, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
- The over/under for this matchup is currently set at 219.5 total points.
What to look out for:
- Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have become one of the top scoring duos in the league for the Boston Celtics as they both had 35 points in the team’s season opener.
- The Heat was one of five teams to finish in the top-10 in both offense and defense a season ago.
- The Celtics are 78-51 all-time against the Heat.
- Boston only allowed their opponents an average of 104.5 points per game last season, while Miami only allowed their opponents an average of 105.6 points per game last season.
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