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GAME PREVIEW: Celtics visit Heat, both looking for playoff push

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The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are both looking to improve their position in order to make the East playoffs. After tonight, one will be much closer to their goal.

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The Miami Heat are 2.5 games ahead of the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings, and they hope to further that gap after Monday night.

The Celtics were making a playoff push as of late. With the acquisition of Isaiah Thomas, Boston has been revitalized. However, Boston has lost 3 of their last 5 games.

The Celtics are a great passing team, ranking 3rd in the NBA in assists, much of that a credit to their coach Brad Stevens who is in his second year. Boston's major weakness is their defense. They give up a lot of points, over 102 PPG.

Probable Starters
Marcus Smart PG Goran Dragic
Evan Turner SG Dwyane Wade
Jae Crowder SF Luol Deng
Brandon Bass PF Udonis Haslem
Tyler Zeller C Hassan Whiteside

The Heat are looking to win their 4th straight home game, which would be a season high. The problem here is that the Heat have a long list of players on Day-to-Day injuries: Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside, Luol Deng, Goran Dragic. Their availability will likely come just before warmups.

The Heat really need this win to keep pace with the Indiana Pacers who are making a strong push for the playoffs. Indiana has won 8 of 10 and have the same record as the Heat, but currently hold the tie breaker after taking 2/3 from Miami -- the Heat and Pacers play in Indianapolis on Easter for the final time this season.

The Heat and Celtics play at 7:30 PM EST at AmericanAirlines Arean. The game can be seen on SunSports or you can listen on 790 the Ticket in Miami.

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