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Herro and the Heat host Boston with 1-0 series lead

May 18, 2022 GMT

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

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

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Heat -4; over/under is 206

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Heat lead series 1-0

BOTTOM LINE: The Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals with a 1-0 lead in the series. The Heat won the last matchup 118-107 on May 18 led by 41 points from Jimmy Butler, while Jayson Tatum scored 29 points for the Celtics.

The Heat have gone 35-17 against Eastern Conference teams. Miami is eighth in the Eastern Conference scoring 110.0 points while shooting 46.7% from the field.

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

TOP PERFORMERS: Tyler Herro is scoring 20.7 points per game and averaging 5.0 rebounds for the Heat. Butler is averaging 29.1 points and 8.2 rebounds over the last 10 games for Miami.

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Tatum is scoring 26.9 points per game with 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Celtics. Brown is averaging 22.3 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 47.5% over the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 7-3, averaging 106.6 points, 42.0 rebounds, 21.8 assists, 8.1 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 45.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 98.3 points per game.

Celtics: 6-4, averaging 107.1 points, 41.6 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 6.5 steals and 6.5 blocks per game while shooting 44.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 101.7 points.

INJURIES: Heat: Kyle Lowry: out (hamstring).

Celtics: Marcus Smart: day to day (foot), Sam Hauser: out (shoulder).

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