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Heat and Celtics ready for win-win Game 7 in Conference Finals


Marcus Smart dribbles past Kyle Lowry. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

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

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

FANDUEL SPORTS BOOK LINE: Heat -2.5; plus/minus is 197.5


BOTTOM LINE: The Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat beat the Celtics 111-103 in the last game. Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 47 points and Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 30 points.

The Heat are 35-17 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami is the league leader shooting 37.9% from downtown, led by Victor Oladipo shooting 41.7% from 3-point range.

The Celtics are 33-19 in Eastern Conference play. Boston ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference with 46.5 points per game in the paint led by Tatum averaging 10.1.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Dewayne Dedmon is averaging 6.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Heat. Max Strus is averaging 2.5 3-pointers over Miami’s last 10 games.

Tatum is shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc on 3.0 3-pointers per game for the Celtics, while averaging 26.9 points, eight rebounds and 4.4 assists. Jaylen Brown is shooting 47.6 percent and averaging 23.0 points over Boston’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 MATCHES: Heat: 5-5, averaging 100.8 points, 40.4 rebounds, 20.5 assists, 8.9 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the field. Their opponents are averaging 102.5 points per game.

Celtics: 6-4, averaging 107.5 points, 42.7 rebounds, 23.9 assists, 5.5 steals and 6.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field. Their opponents average 99.6 points.

INJURIES: Heat: Tyler Herro: out (groin).

Celtics: Sam Hauser: out (shoulder).


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