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Game Preview: Miami and Boston matchup battling for East position

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This is such an important matchup for both of these teams. Here’s the preview with all you need to know.

Orlando Magic v Miami Heat Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

Game Story:

The Miami Heat (32-14) are looking to get their first win over the Boston Celtics (30-15) this season. The Heat, coming off last night’s home win over the Magic, will see the Celtics without one of their main contributors, Jayson Tatum.

Miami is 7-1 vs the other +.500 teams in the East (76ers, Bucks, Raptors and Pacers). But they are 0-1 against the Celtics this year. And this will be the second time they play Boston on the back end of a back-to-back.

The Heat’s biggest advantage in this game will be their bench contribution. The Celtics don’t offer very much scoring from a second unit — especially with Tatum out. If Dragic, Herro and the rest of the crew can play well, it puts a lot of pressure on the Celtics. This should be a really good game.

FiveThirtyEight has the Heat with a 47% chance to win this game.

Probable Starters:

Heat:

  • Jimmy Butler
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Meyers Leonard
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Kendrick Nunn

Celtics:

  • Gordon Hayward
  • Jaylen Brown
  • Daniel Theis
  • Marcus Smart
  • Kemba Walker

Broadcast Info:

Game time: 8:00pm

TV: TNT

Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ruth Riley Hunter)

Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)