Tonight’s matchup: Celtics come to Miami riding 16-game winning streak

BOSTON CELTICS VS. MIAMI HEAT

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami.

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Boston 16-2, Miami 7-9

 

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in his first game against the Miami Heat as a member of the Boston Celtics on Oct. 28 in Miami. (Getty Images).

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Heat

F: Justise Winslow

F: Josh Richardson

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Celtics

F: Jayson Tatum

F: Marcus Morris

C: Al Horford

G: Jaylen Brown

G: Kyrie Irving

Scouting report: Boston started 0-2 and since has won 16 straight games, equaling the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history. The Celtics are doing it with defense. They lead the league with a defensive rating of 95.8 and points allowed per game, 94.8. Boston is 20th in scoring at 102.9 points per game. Boston has allowed 100 points or more in regulation twice during the streak. … The Celtics are coming off a 110-102 overtime win at Dallas in which Kyrie Irving scored 47 points, his season high. Irving is averaging 22.5 points and 5.3 assists in his first season with Boston. … The Celtics continue to play without free-agent signee Gordon Hayward, who broke his leg in the first quarter of the first game of the season. … The teams meet for the second time this season with the Celtics defeating the Heat, 96-90, in Miami on Oct. 28 for its eighth straight win over Miami. Irving led Boston with 24 points while rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24. Goran Dragic had 22 points for the Heat. … The Heat have slipped to 14th with a defensive rating of 103.9 following a 120-95 home loss to the Pacers on Sunday. … Dion Waiters is looking to bounce back from his first scoreless game as a member of the Heat, missing all 10 of his shots against Indiana. … Miami is just 3-5 at home and has lost five of its last six at AmericanAirlines Arena.

[Mailbag: How much do the Miami Heat miss Rodney McGruder?]

[After blowout home loss to Pacers, Heat hold ‘grueling, dog-eat-dog’ practice Monday in search of consistency]

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