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NBA : ATS Matchup
Thursday 9/17/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




MIAMI (53 - 30) vs. BOSTON (56 - 28)
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Thursday, 9/17/2020 7:00 PM
Eastern Conference - Conference Finals - Best Of 7 - Game 2 - Lake Buena Vi
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MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games53-30+16.644-3748-34112.157.846.7%53.3108.654.044.7%49.9
Road Games26-25+6.125-2526-24109.456.645.4%52.8109.554.744.9%51.0
Last 5 Games4-1+54-13-2113.254.245.9%54.4108.053.643.0%50.4
Playoff Games9-1+10.79-14-6112.656.046.2%54.2104.752.744.5%47.1
MIAMI Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.157.839-8446.7%14-3638.0%20-2678.7%53826208145
vs opponents surrendering111.555.941-8945.7%12-3435.8%18-2377.5%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)109.456.638-8445.4%13-3636.3%20-2578.7%53825218145
Stats Against (All Games)108.654.039-8644.7%13-3734.7%18-2478.0%50924228144
vs opponents averaging111.75641-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.2%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.554.739-8644.9%13-3735.6%19-2578.7%51924228144

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games56-28+9.448-3239-44112.955.045.9%54.3106.551.843.7%53.0
Road Games33-19+7.931-1723-29111.254.245.5%54.4106.051.343.1%53.5
Last 5 Games2-3-3.22-32-3106.453.644.4%55.0103.646.642.1%51.8
Playoff Games8-4+1.98-43-9108.255.244.9%54.2101.448.641.0%52.9
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.955.041-8945.9%13-3536.1%19-2380.2%541023228136
vs opponents surrendering111.255.941-8845.8%12-3535.7%18-2377.1%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.254.240-8845.5%12-3535.4%19-2379.7%541022228135
Stats Against (All Games)106.551.838-8743.7%12-3533.6%19-2477.0%531022217145
vs opponents averaging111.255.941-8845.8%12-3435.9%18-2377.2%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)106.051.337-8743.1%11-3433.6%20-2577.9%541022217145
Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 96,  BOSTON 95.7
MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/12/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY115-116L-4L221O42-8648.8%441239-8943.8%5816

BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
MIAMI: LAST SEASON: 39-43, finished in 10th place in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Erik Spoelstra (12th season, 523-363).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Justise Winslow (12.6 ppg), G Dion Waiters (12.0), G Jimmy Butler (18.7 with Minnesota and Philadelphia), F Kelly Olynyk (10.0), C Bam Adebayo (8.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Dwyane Wade, G Josh Richardson, C Hassan Whiteside, G Rodney McGruder.
KEY ADDITIONS: Butler, G Tyler Herro, F-C Meyers Leonard.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Butler gets a team to call his own, and assumes the role of locker-room leader in the place of Wade ' who retired after 16 seasons, most of them with Miami. The Heat are hoping for healthier years from Waiters and PG Goran Dragic, after both missed about half of last season. Herro, the No. 13 pick in this year's draft, had a strong summer league and followed that up with big numbers in the preseason so he'll clearly be in the mix somewhere. Adebayo enters his first full year as the starting center, a job he won down the stretch last season, and will get help from fellow bigs Olynyk and Leonard. Winslow wants to be a leader for the group, but has missed 94 games in the last three seasons.
OUTLOOK: The Heat haven't won a playoff series since 2016 and are only 124-122 over the last three seasons, yet believe they can get back into more of a postseason-contender role ' even without Wade, who was the team's best player last season. Getting Butler was a major boost and he'll unquestionably be the key to everything Miami does, though he won't be asked to carry the load by himself. Defense wasn't the problem for Miami last season after the Heat finished No. 2 in the league in points allowed; the biggest issue was inconsistent offense, which figures to get better.
COACH: Brad Stevens (seventh season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kemba Walker (25.6 ppg), G Gordon Hayward (11.5), F Jaylen Brown. (13.0), F Jayson Tatum (15.7), C Enes Kanter (13.7)
KEY LOSSES: G Kyrie Irving, F/C Al Horford, F Marcus Morris, G Terry Rozier.
KEY ADDITIONS: Walker, Kanter, G Romeo Langford, F Grant Williams, G Carsen Edwards.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: It starts with Walker, who jumped at the chance in free agency to join a perennial playoff team. Following Kyrie Irving's departure to Brooklyn, it will also give Walker the opportunity to do what Irving couldn't: lead the Celtics to an NBA Finals. He'll need help, though. And that will again put the spotlight on youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both took small steps backward last season as infighting and chemistry issues plagued the team. Now, both will have key roles, much like they did two seasons ago when Irving missed the playoffs and they helped get the team to the Eastern Conference finals. It's an especially big year for Brown. The Celtics have until Oct. 21 to decide whether to extend his contract for another season or let him become a restricted free agent next summer.
OUTLOOK: The Celtics are going to have to tweak their style of play a little without Irving or Horford. Irving was their chief scorer and Horford played a huge role facilitating offense in the half court as well as on defense. Kanter is a big man that can run, which should fit in nicely with the up-tempo style this athletic roster is built for. Whether this team is ultimately able to be a threat to win the East will depend on how well Walker leads and if the starting unit gets enough support from its youthful group of reserves.
Heat, Celtics ready for more thrills in Game 2

If Game 1 was any indication, the first Eastern Conference finals to be devoid of a No. 1 or 2 seed won't lack for excitement.

The Miami Heat got the better of the Boston Celtics 117-114 in overtime on Tuesday to kick off the historic best-of-seven tilt. The teams will look to bring similar energy as Game 2 tips off Thursday night at the NBA bubble near Orlando.

Game 1 featured a 14-point comeback for the Heat in the fourth quarter before Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo were the heroes in overtime.

Butler completed the game-winning three-point play with 12 seconds remaining, but it was Adebayo's block to deny Jayson Tatum the chance to tie with 3.7 seconds left that garnered the most attention postgame. It didn't hurt that Magic Johnson tweeted it was the best defensive play he had ever seen in the playoffs.

"I would agree with (Magic)," said Butler. "I really would. I think what Bam did to save that game and to make sure that we win it by putting his body on the line, that really is a really great play."

"No. 1," said Adebayo in ranking the play among the highlights of his three-year career. "Playoffs, game on the line -- No. 1 play."

The effort by Adebayo helped Miami ensure its ninth win in 10 playoff contests. Meanwhile, the loss has Boston trailing for the first time in a series in these playoffs.

"It was a great game, two great teams who play really hard," Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. "They got the plays that they needed that mattered. They did their job, and it's up to us to come back in Game 2 and do ours."

Smart continued his strong playoffs with 26 points in the loss, but it wasn't enough to make up for another poor showing by All-Star point guard Kemba Walker. Walker needed 19 shots to get to 19 points on the night, his third straight game failing to reach 20 points while shooting worse than 32 percent. He was 1 of 9 from 3-point range.

"I'm just playing terrible, to be honest," Walker said. "Not much I can say, but I have to be better. I have to do better for this team on both ends of the floor. I have to make better decisions. I just have to make shots overall."

Equally, the Celtics will look to improve their late game defense after being outscored 35-23 in the fourth quarter. Boston held Miami to a playoff-low 16 points in the third.

"That's what the playoffs is: making adjustments," said Tatum, who had 30 points and 14 rebounds.

For the Heat, it wasn't just Butler and Adebayo delivering in Game 1. Goran Dragic scored a team-high 29 points, and Jae Crowder added 22 against his former team, but perhaps the most important performance was from rookie guard Tyler Herro, who fell an assist shy of his first career triple-double (12 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists) in 40 minutes off the bench.

"He was out there hooping," Butler said. "He's comfortable. He's confident. We continue to tell him to be that way no matter what game we're in. We need you to play that way. He's been preparing for this moment all year long. There's nothing that we're not comfortable with him doing."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/31/2020 12:32:15 PM EST

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