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The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics face off in the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday. Which team is going to win the series? Matt McCuen has an answer.

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Prediction: Who Wins the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals?

The Boston Celtics vs. The Miami Heat. That will be the two teams battling it out for the right to go to the NBA finals. The Heat just went to the finals two seasons ago during the NBA bubble. A lot of people discredit the bubble, but the bottom line is that this team has experience playing in the conference finals and winning. Jimmy Butler led the attack then, and he is doing it now. Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Tuesday's Game 1 matchup 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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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Prediction

The Heat beat the 76ers in six games, including a dominant Game 6 win on the road. The role players have been outstanding this postseason for Miami, including a pair of undrafted players in Max Strus and Gabe Vincent. Victor Oladipo was outstanding in the Philly series off the bench along with sharpshooter and sixth man of the year Tyler Herro. The Heat will have their toughest task of the season now as they face the high-flying Boston Celtics.

The Celtics are led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown came back from a 3-2 deficit to knock off the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics saw role player Grant Wilkins step up and dominate in game seven. Williams also played outstanding defense on Giannis throughout the series. These two teams will now have seven games to decide who advances to the NBA finals. The Celtics are favored to win this series sitting as -160 favorites. 

I am going to take the Celtics at that -160 piece, I know the price is a bit juicy, but I have this series being priced closer to -200. I love my 76ers, but the Bucks are a much better team than Philly is. I think Miami has had a much easier path to this point. Boston beat who I thought was the best team in the east when they took out Milwaukee.

The Celtics should be feeling really good about themselves coming into this series. I think that the Celtics will have Robert Williams back for this series which could be a huge factor. The Heat are not a big team outside of center Bam Adebayo so if Williams does go; this could be a big advantage to Boston. I also think Heat starting guard Kyle Lowry will miss the first few games of this series, which will force the Heat to go deeper into their bench. I think Boston will be too much for this team shooting the three-ball and playing lockdown defense on a Heat team that is not great offensively. I love this series bet for the Celtics! 

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Prediction

Pick: Boston Celtics To Win Series -160 (Bet $160 to win $100)

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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