Celtics vs. Heat schedule: Updated scores, results and bracket for the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs

A pair of familiar foes will meet in the opening round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs when the Celtics play the Heat starting Sunday in Boston.

Boston and Miami have played each other in the postseason four times in the past five years. The series is also a rematch of the last two Eastern Conference finals.

Miami defeated the Bulls 112-91 on Friday night in a play-in tournament elimination game. Tyler Herro had 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, while rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 21 points.

The Heat will face a tougher test against Boston without six-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, who has been out for the entire series with a knee injury.

However, Miami is in a familiar position. Last season, the Heat became the sixth No. 8 seed to defeat the No. 1 seed in the first round of the playoffs after eliminating the Bucks in five games.

The Celtics finished the regular season with the league’s best record and are primed for a title run. Boston is led by All-Star Jayson Tatum, who averaged 26.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists in the regular season.

Defensively, Boston is strong against Jrue Holiday, who recently signed a four-year, $135 million contract extension. In his first season in Boston, Holiday was the starting point guard, taking over for Marcus Smart, and averaged 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

What channel is Celtics vs. Heat to see today?

  • TV channel: ABC
  • Live streaming: Garland

Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff game between the Celtics and Heat will air on ABC. The game can also be streamed on Sling.

Home to avid sports fans, Sling offers a variety of sports channels so you can always cheer on your favorite teams with channels like ESPN, TBS, TNT, NFL Network, FS1 and more.

Start time Celtics vs. Heat

  • Date: Sunday April 21
  • Time: 1:00 PM ET

The Celtics vs. Heat starting around 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, April 21. The match will be played at the TD Garden in Boston.

Heat vs. Celtics tickets

Tickets for the first-round playoff series between the Celtics and Heat, as well as all the action during the 2024 NBA Playoffs, are available on StubHub.

2024 NBA Playoff Bracket

(1) Thunder vs. (8) Pelicans
(2) Nuggets vs. (7) Lakers
(3) Timberwolves vs. (6) Suns
(4) Clippers vs. (5) Mavericks

(1) Celtics vs. (8) Heat
(2) Knicks vs. (7) 76ers
(3) Bucks vs. (6) Pacers
(4) Cavaliers vs. (5) Magic