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Boston Celtics (35-13) at Miami Heat (26-22) Game #49 1/24/23

Boston Celtics (35-13) at Miami Heat (26-22) Game #49 1/24/23

The Celtics complete their 3 game road trip with a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. This is the 4th and final game between these two teams. The Celtics have won 2 out of 3 games between them so far, winning 111-104 on 10/21 in Miami, 134-121 on November 30 in Boston and losing 120-116 on December 2 also in Boston.

The Celtics won the series with the Heat 2-1 last season and they won the Eastern Conference Finals 4-3. This is the final game of the Celtics road trip before they head home for a 4 game home stand. This is the second of 3 home games for the Heat with a game against the Magic on Friday to close out their home stand before they head out on a 4 game road trip.

This is the second of back to back games for the Celtics. They are 7-0 on the second night of back to back games overall. They are 6-0 when the second game is on the road and they are 2-0 when both the first and second games are on the road. The Celtics have won their last 3 games played in Miami.

The Celtics are still 1st in the East. They are 4 games ahead of 2nd place Philadelphia, 4.5 games ahead of 3rd place Milwaukee and 5 games ahead of 4th place Brooklyn. They are 17-8 on the road and 9-1 in their last 10 games. The Celtics are 20-9 against Eastern Conference opponents. They had won 9 in a row before losing to the Magic on Monday night.

The Heat are 6th in the East. They are 3 games behind 5th place Cleveland and 9 games behind 1st place Boston. They are 1 game ahead of 7th place New York and a spot in the play-in tournament. They are 5 games ahead of 11th place Toronto and out of the playoffs. They are 15-9 at home and 6-4 in their last 10 games. They are 10-13 against Eastern Conference teams and are looking for their second straight win.

The Celtics will be very shorthanded in this game. Robert Williams should return to the starting lineup while Al Horford (back) will miss this game. Marcus Smart (ankle), Malcolm Brogdon (personal) and Jaylen Brown (adductor) will all miss this game as well. I’m not sure at all who will start with 3 regular starters out. I just took a wild guess so the starting lineup may be totally different from what I have listed but the Celtics don’t have many players left.

For the Heat, Nikola Jovic has not played since December 26 due to lower back pain and will miss this game. Duncan Robinson had surgery to repair a finger injury and is listed as out for this game. Finally, Omer Yurtseven is out after…

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