Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will meet again on Monday night in a potential NBA Finals rematch.
The Celtics are looking to snap a 3-game losing streak, while the Heat are seeking a fifth straight victory to extend their winning streak to 11 games.
With that said, the Celtics will need to do a better job of keeping the Heat off the scoreboard as well.
This is the first game of the series and Boston is on a four-game win streak.
The Heat have gone winless in the series.
Boston is coming off a 104-95 victory in Game 1 of the second round on Friday.
In that game, the Heat shot 49.4 percent from the field and hit their first nine shots of the game.
Miami shot 47.5 percent from beyond the arc, and had the better offensive performance in the first quarter of the contest.
While it’s a stretch to call this a blowout, it’s not good enough to get them out of this series.
Boston will have to find ways to score the ball, find some way to stop Miami from running the ball and keep the Heat from getting to the line.
Boston’s offense is going to have to pick up the slack if it wants to keep the series going.
The Celtics have to stop the Heat’s fast-paced offense and get the ball to the perimeter.
Miami has been getting to Boston’s point guards a lot more than they have to the basket.
The Heat can also start to put together some scoring drives against Boston, which should help with the Celtics offense.
Boston has averaged 104.8 points per game over its last seven games, but has allowed an average of 106.5 points per contest over that span.
The Celtics are hoping to get back on track in the second half of the season after averaging 111.4 points per 100 possessions in the last six games.
They’re coming off their worst effort in the playoffs, but are looking for a win and will need every ounce of energy and effort to make it happen.