Boston, Miami square off with series tied 1-1
Miami Heat (53-29, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (51-31, second in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Celtics -6; over/under is 208.5
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Series tied 1-1
BOTTOM LINE: The Miami Heat visit the Boston Celtics for game three of the Eastern Conference finals with the series tied 1-1. The Celtics defeated the Heat 127-102 in the last meeting. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 27 points, and Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 29 points.
The Celtics have gone 33-19 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston is second in the Eastern Conference with 35.5 defensive rebounds per game led by Tatum averaging 6.9.
The Heat are 35-17 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami ranks second in the Eastern Conference with 25.5 assists per game led by Kyle Lowry averaging 7.5.
TOP PERFORMERS: Marcus Smart is averaging 12.1 points, 5.9 assists and 1.7 steals for the Celtics. Tatum is averaging 26.9 points, eight rebounds and 4.4 assists over the last 10 games for Boston.
Tyler Herro is averaging 20.7 points and four assists for the Heat. Max Strus is averaging 2.9 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Miami.
LAST 10 GAMES: Celtics: 6-4, averaging 108.9 points, 42.3 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 6.0 steals and 6.7 blocks per game while shooting 44.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 101.6 points per game.
Heat: 7-3, averaging 105.8 points, 41.7 rebounds, 20.9 assists, 7.9 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 99.9 points.
INJURIES: Celtics: Derrick White: out (personal), Sam Hauser: out (shoulder).
Heat: P.J. Tucker: day to day (left knee), Kyle Lowry: out (hamstring).