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Preview: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, 7 p.m. Thursday

When/Where: 7 p.m., AmericanAirlines Arena.

Tickets: Available at Heat.com or 1-800-4NBA-TIX.

TV: TNT. Radio: 790-AM, 106.3-FM, 710-AM (Spanish), 1140-AM (Spanish), 760-AM (Spanish).

Scouting report: This is the first game of the four-game season series, with the Celtics also to visit April 3 . . . The Heat snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Celtics by winning the final two matchups last season, to take the season series 2-1 . . . The Heat are 1-5 in the last six meetings at AmericanAirlines Arena, splitting last season’s two games in Miami . . . The game is the second on a three-game homestand for the Heat, with the Heat catching the Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back, coming off Wednesday’s home game against the Pacers . . . The game is the first on a three-game trip for the Celtics . . . The Celtics are 10-10 on the road, with losses in three of their last four road games . . . Goran Dragic (knee) is out for the Heat, with Duncan Robinson and Yante Maten on G League assignment . . . For the Celtics, Aron Baynes (hand) and Jabari Bird (personal reasons) are out, with P.J. Dozier on G League assignment.

— Ira Winderman

iwinderman@sunsentinel.com. Follow him at twitter.com/iraheatbeat or facebook.com/ira.winderman

For daily Heat mailbag go to sun-sentinel.com/askira



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