Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Prediction: Can The Celtics Win On The Road?

Jason Radowitz is here to predict the Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 between the Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics. Who will start the series off hot first?
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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Prediction: Can The Celtics Win On The Road?

The Miami Heat will take on the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals with home-court advantage. However, despite having home-court advantage, oddsmakers believe the Celtics are still the favorites to win the Eastern Conference Finals, with better odds than the Heat to win the series. Can the Celtics win the first game of the series on the road? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Tuesday's game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Heat vs. Celtics Game 1 Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: May 17, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:30 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

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Heat vs. Celtics Injury Report


Questionable: G Kyle Lowry (Hamstring)


Out: F Sam Hauser (Shoulder)

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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Game 1 Prediction

The Boston Celtics didn't contain Giannis Antetookounmpo as much as they would've liked. However, it seems like the Heat are a very similar Milwaukee team, with Butler replicating a lot of what Giannis does, just at a lower level. The Heat will have more contributors than the Bucks did against the Celtics, but ultimately, oddsmakers are right. The Celtics have more depth and plenty of guys who can step up when needed. In Game 7, against the Bucks, the Celtics could've folded with Jayson Tatum on the bench with four fouls. Instead, the Celtics extended their lead. Meanwhile, the Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in six games. In the first two, the Heat defeated the Sixers who were without Embiid. But ultimately, the Heat overcame Embiid and defended at a very high rate, keeping James Harden away from the foul line and forcing Tyrese Maxey to chuck up a whole bunch of shots.

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For the Celtics, it'll all come down to shooting and defense. The Celtics won most games in the semifinals due to their shooting percentages from deep. Boston also finished the regular season as the highest-rated defense in the NBA. The Heat aren't far behind defensively and had really good moments in this series on the defensive end. However, Kyle Lowry is still questionable with a hamstring injury and the Heat really don't have another reliable point guard on their roster. If the Celtics can have success on the road against the Bucks, they can have success on the road against the Heat. If they defend Butler the way they defended Giannis, all will be alright. Give me the Celtics to win the first game of the series. Oddsmakers believe the Celtics will win a couple of road games. The Celtics have all the momentum right now after two massive wins in must-win situations.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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