The Boston Celtics are fresh off their highest scoring output of the season and they look to record a fifth straight victory when they visit the Miami Heat on Thursday. The Celtics shot 56.8 percent from the field and clicked on all cylinders during Wednesday's 135-108 home rout of the Indiana Pacers.
Boston's teamwork was on display in the thrashing of the Pacers as seven players scored in double digits and the team compiled 32 assists on 50 made baskets. "Hopefully we can continue to move it," Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the victory. "That's our task." The Heat have dropped back-to-back games after winning eight of their previous 10 contests. Miami failed to reach 100 points in either setback and posted an average of 90.5 after producing an average of 112.2 over the previous six contests.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TNT LINE: Celtics -2.5
ABOUT THE CELTICS (25-15): Forward Marcus Morris had 22 points and eight rebounds against Indiana while scoring 20 or more points for the sixth time in his past 12 appearances. "He's been in a good rhythm all year," Stevens told reporters of Morris. "He's been very comfortable with what he was going to do best and how it fit in, whether it was starting or coming off the bench. He's always been consistent. The most impressive thing is he did it with eight shots." Point guard Kyrie Irving had 12 points and was only needed to play 24 minutes in his second contest since returning from an eye injury that sidelined him for two games.
ABOUT THE HEAT (19-20): Backup guard Dion Waiters scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting against in Tuesday's 103-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets in his second game since returning from ankle surgery. Waiters missed more than 12 months after injuring the ankle in December of 2017 but looked crisp and spry during 25 minutes against the Nuggets. "A healthy me, that's all I can ask for," Waiters told reporters after the loss. "I can just go out there and play. I don't have to worry about anything."
1. The Heat went 2-1 against the Celtics last season.
2. Boston has recorded 30 or more assists in five straight games.
3. Miami backup C Bam Adebayo is averaging 12 points on 15-of-23 shooting over the past three games.
PREDICTION: Heat 104, Celtics 102 Bet Now
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