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Heat face real test against Celtics on Tuesday

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The Heat will face a talented Celtics team in a game with potential playoff implications.

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The Heat have struggled in back-to-backs this season, and one of the losses that stands out the most is a back-to-back loss against the Celtics earlier in the season. One where the Heat led early, but ultimately fell apart. Miami has not been blessed by scheduling, but in a playoff race with a very crowded Eastern Conference a win on Tuesday against the Celtics could be the difference between a second and sixth seed.

Right now, the Celtics are nipping at Miami’s heels. They sit right below the Raptors in the fourth seed and they’re ready to make a leap. Led by All-Star starter, Kemba Walker they are a true playoff threat. They’ll also be coming off a day of rest, whereas the Heat will face a scrappy Orlando team on Monday night.

Miami ranks as one of the best NBA teams at home. At the time of this writing they’ve lost only two games in the AAA both by a combined 8 points against talented Los Angeles teams.

This is an incredibly important game for the Heat, with potential playoff implications. Expect the Heat to come out swinging. This isn’t one to miss, if you want to see it live in Miami you should get tickets ASAP

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What to watch out for?

Miami’s Depth: With some injuries affecting the team Miami has gotten contributions from their bench. Expect the Heat to look to their bench for some fresh legs again on Tuesday. Dion Waiters had a great game against the Clippers, and could be in play again against the Celtics. With his instant offense capabilities, Dion is an X-Factor for the Heat.

Boston’s Scorers: Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and Jayson Tatum are all scoring threats. If they’re operating in tandem they can fill a stat sheet very quickly. Expect the Heat to bring it defensively early (or emphasize their zone) to slow the Celtics down.

This game could very well influence the standings and won’t be one to miss.