Miami Heat at Boston Celtics Preview

Play time: 7:30 p.m., ET

TV: TNT

Bet line: Heat -2

VITALS: : The Heat and Celtics meet for the third and final matchup of this regular season. It’s also the second straight game in Boston after Miami won between 130 and 124 on Sunday. After the teams split both previous matchups, today’s game winner will hold the playoff tiebreaker. The heat is 49-76 all-time against Boston during the regular season, including 29-35 in home games and 20-41 in street games … forward Jimmy Butler has recorded four triple doubles this season, with him being most of the season verband A season in team history … Center Bam Adebayo has scored double digits in a career of 53 games in a row … Guard Victor Oladipo (knee) is out for the heat. For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown is out and Robert Williams is dubious.

HEAT

G Duncan Robinson

G Kendrick Nunn

100 Sam Adebayo

F Jimmy Butler

F Trevor Ariza

CELTS

G Kemba Walker

G Marcus Smart

C Tristan Thompson

F Jayson Tatum

F Evan Fournier

QUOTEABLE

Heat trainer Erik Spoelstra on defense: “I know that our group in the locker room feels very good about the progress and improvements we have made over the past six weeks. So there is a level of trust there. But you don’t want to be too comfortable. Everything is super competitive. “

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