The Boston Celtics play host to the Miami Heat at TD Garden on Wednesday evening. This marks the first game of a three-game home stand for the Celtics (14-5), who remain undefeated, 7-0, at home. The Celtics have won six of their last 10 games and are coming off a win in New York in their most recent contest, where Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 58 points. Tatum is averaging 21.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while Brown is averaging 19.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Kemba Walker is averaging team highs with 21.6 points and 5.0 assists per game. The Celtics are averaging 11.1 offensive rebounds per game, which is fourth most in the league. They are averaging 8.8 steals per game, which is fourth most and are limiting themselves to a league-low 12.5 turnovers per game. Meanwhile, this marks the second game of a back-to-back for the Heat (15-5), as they are coming off an impressive overtime win in Toronto on Tuesday. This also marks the third and final game of a road trip for the Heat, where they have gone 2-0, to improve to 7-5 on the road. The Heat have won their last three games and eight of their last 10 contests. They are shooting an average of 47.7 percent from the field, which is third best in the league, including shooting 38.9 percent from long range, which is also third best in the league. Jimmy Butler leads the Heat with team highs of 18.8 points, 6.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 16.1 points, 3.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game, while Bam Adebayo is averaging 13.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
December 4, 2019