Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Prediction: Will Boston Even Up the Series in Game 2?

Thursday night, the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat took Game 1 and lead the series 1-0. Handicapper Jason Radowitz previews the game and gives us his best bet.
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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Prediction: Will Boston Even Up the Series in Game 2?

The Boston Celtics came out on fire in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals. However, in the second half, the Celtics started to get tired from a long seven-game semifinals matchup against the Bucks.

The Heat, on the other hand, had an entire week of rest, and had a large burst of energy in the second half of Game 1, to beat the Celtics, 118-107. Jimmy Butler added 41 points, and scored 17 foul shots in the win. Do the Celtics have any chance of stealing a road win against the Heat in this series? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Thursday's game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Heat vs. Celtics Game 2 Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: May 19, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:30 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

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Heat vs. Celtics Injury Report

Heat:

Questionable: G Kyle Lowry (Hamstring)

Celtics

Questionable: G Marcus Smart (Foot), C Al Horford (Protocols)

Out: F Sam Hauser (Shoulder)

Heat vs. Celtics Game 2 Line Movement

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 Prediction

The Boston Celtics had terrific ball movement in the first half, getting out to an early lead against the Heat in the first game of the series. This, with Marcus Smart and Al Horford unable to play.

The Celtics got awesome contributions from Robert Williams III and Payton Pritchard, but the absence of Marcus Smart and Al Horford proved to be the difference in the second half. The Celtics started to lose focus. The intensity lacked and the Celtics got tired. Shots weren't falling and the Celtics were also settling.

These are all effects of playing a day after finishing a seven-game series.

Meanwhile, the Heat were waiting patiently for the series to conclude after defeating the 76ers earlier last week. Miami still doesn't have Kyle Lowery on the floor due to injury but could he could be back for Game 2.

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In Game 1, the playing field was pretty even. The Heat outshot the Celtics by three percentage points but ultimately, only won the rebounding battle by one. The Celtics turned the ball over three more times but ended up getting more points off turnovers along with fast break points in the game.

Coming into this game, you would've thought that the Celtics had an advantage going up against Jimmy Butler instead of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis is a bigger version of what Butler can do. However, when Giannis got to the line, he missed a bunch of foul shots regularly. Butler got to the line in Game 1 and went 17-of-18.

That's where Butler can earn his stripes as long as he stays aggressive. The extra rest helped the Heat escape a home loss in Game 1. Al Horford likely won't return until at least Game 3 and Marcus Smart is still questionable for Game 2.

This series likely comes down to the final three games. The Heat will more than likely win the first two at home but don't be surprised when the Celtics win their first two games at home in this series.

Therefore, I'll take the Heat in Game 2 at -4.

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 Pick

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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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