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Heat open Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics

May 16, 2022 GMT

Boston Celtics (51-31, second in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (53-29, first in the Eastern Conference)

Miami; Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Heat -2; over/under is 205.5

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Heat host first series matchup

BOTTOM LINE: The Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics to begin the Eastern Conference finals. Boston went 2-1 against Miami during the regular season. The Heat won the last regular season matchup 106-98 on March 30. Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 24 points, and Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 28 points.

The Heat are 35-17 in conference play. Miami is eighth in the NBA with 25.5 assists per game. Kyle Lowry leads the Heat averaging 7.5.

The Celtics are 33-19 in Eastern Conference play. Boston ranks ninth in the Eastern Conference with 11.1 fast break points per game led by Brown averaging 3.2.

TOP PERFORMERS: Dewayne Dedmon is averaging 6.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Heat. Butler is averaging 29.6 points over the last 10 games for Miami.

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Jayson Tatum is averaging 26.9 points, eight rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Celtics. Grant Williams is averaging 2.5 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 7-3, averaging 106.3 points, 41.5 rebounds, 22.1 assists, 8.0 steals and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting 45.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 98.1 points per game.

Celtics: 7-3, averaging 107.8 points, 41.4 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 6.4 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 45.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 100.6 points.

INJURIES: Heat: Kyle Lowry: day to day (hamstring).

Celtics: Sam Hauser: out (shoulder).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.