The Heat invade the TD Garden to do battle with the Celtics this Monday night on NBA action.
The Miami Heat have been in great shape as they’ve won 9 of their past 12 games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back after coming up short to the Raptors in a dramatic 124-120 triple-overtime loss last Saturday. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22 points while Tyler Herro is averaging 20.3 points. Bam Adebayo is averaging a double-double with 17.8 points and 10.1 rebounds. Kyle Lowry is averaging 8.3 assists per night.
As a team, the Heat are scoring 109.08 points on 46% shooting and allowing 104.54 points on 44% shooting.
Meanwhile, the Celtics are not so bad as they’ve won 8 from their last 12 games overall and they will be looking to stay hot after beating the Pelicans in a 107-97 road win last Saturday. Jayson Tatum leads the team in scoring with averages of 26.2 points and 8.4 rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.3 points. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer with 14.8 points per game. Robert Williams is averaging 9.6 rebounds per game.
As a team, the Celtics are scoring 107.7 points on 44% shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 43% shooting.
The Heat are ranked #14th in offense and 4th in defense and the Celtics are ranked #19th in offense and 6th in defense.
The Heat will have once again some key players out of action, Kyle Lowry, Omer Yurtseven, Victor Oladipo, and Markieff Morris while Jimmy Butler is listed as day-to-day. They have been in fine form, but their confidence took a hit after falling short in the dramatic game last weekend. In contrast, the Celtics are just about at full strength except for Romeo Langford who is listed as questionable. They’re finally gaining some momentum themselves and the combination of Tatum and Brown is really starting to pick up as they combined for 69 points in their last outing. The Heat deserves credit for how they’ve been playing, but we’ll go with a home win for the Celtics.