When: 7:30 PM EST, January 6, 2021
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
Point Spread: Heat -2.5
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 218.5
Road Record: 3-2
Home Record: 3-1
Boston Celtics Vs Miami Heat Game Day Preview
NBA Eastern Conference finals rematch when the Boston Celtics take a trip to Miami to take on the Miami Heat. It is the first game of the year between these two teams since the Celtics were eliminated by the Heat on the 27th of September.
This team has been bitten by the injury bug to start the 2021 NBA season. However, some light at the end of the tunnel for the Celtics.
Marcus Smart (right thumb sprain) and Jeff Teague (left ankle sprain) have been upgraded to questionable for tonight. Smart has started in place of Kemba Walker (left knee injury recovery) so far this season and Teague has been the backup at the point guard position.
Jayson Tatum led the team again this past Monday getting 40 points in 32 minutes against the Toronto Raptors. “Tatum was tremendous,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said in regards to the latest performance of Tatum.
The Miami Heat have alternated a loss with a win in all six of its games this season. Their biggest challenge thus far is in finding a lineup that can fire on all cylinders.
In the 118-90 blowout of Oklahoma City, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra used his sixth different starting lineup in six games. The most recent one clicked as Kelly Olynyk — making his first start of the season — finished with 19 points including 5 of 7 from behind the arch.
“It’s a different flow when you start,” Olynyk said. “You kind of let the game come to you. Nonetheless, you’ve got to play your role.”
Spoelstra, though, wasn’t ready to announce he has cemented his starting 5 as Jimmy Butler continues to regaining his touch.
Celtics Vs Heat Facts
- Celtics are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 Games against the Heat.
- Over is 4-0 in the last 4 BOS Vs MIA meetings.
- Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite.
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