Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Prediction: Can Jayson Tatum and the Celtics Win Game 7 on the Road?

Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals is one sleep away. Will Jayson Tatum and the Celtics advance to the NBA Finals? Jason Radowitz answers.
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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Prediction: Can Jayson Tatum and the Celtics Win Game 7 on the Road?

The Boston Celtics needed just one more win to make the NBA Finals, at home, as massive favorites. But Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat had other plans. Butler played a perfect game to help send the Eastern Conference Finals to a Game 7. With Miami headed back home for Game 7, will Miami head to another NBA Finals with Butler leading the way? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Sunday's game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Heat vs. Celtics Game 7 Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: May 29, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:30 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

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Heat vs. Celtics Injury Report

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Questionable: G Tyler Herro (Groin)

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Out: F Sam Hauser (Shoulder)

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Game 7 Prediction

The Miami Heat struggled to win Games 4 and 5 and looked lost offensively with no hope remaining. Then, in Game 6, on the road, Jimmy Butler put on a show for the ages. His teammates stepped up to make big shots as well. And now we're headed to a Game 7 with Miami and Boston. The Heat had been struggling from the field throughout the series. But in Game 6, the Heat shot 42.9% from downtown on 35 attempts, on the road. They also shot 46.2% from the floor and nailed 24-of-25 from the foul line. The Celtics were able to stick around throughout the game, but nobody had an answer to how to stop Butler. Butler was aggressive and shot as well as anyone in a must-win playoff game. Butler added 47 points on 16-of-29 from the field. The forward even hit four three-pointers and shot 50% from downtown. He's been inconsistent throughout the playoffs, especially in this series, but he came alive at the perfect time to keep the Heat alive. Miami got 18 points from Lowry 13 from Max Strus, and 11 from P.J. Tucker. The Heat seemed like they were going to fold with Tyler Herro missing another game. But instead, the depth of the Heat stepped up and Butler just couldn't miss. Both teams had nearly 20 turnovers in the game. Whichever team is able to minimize those will benefit in Game 7. Jayson Tatum added 30 points on just 9-for-12 from the field. The Heat did a great job defending him to not allow him to get shots up. When he was able to shoot, he scored. Derrick White came off the bench to add 22 points, giving the Celtics some great minutes. But it was just the Heat's night in Game 6. We've also noticed that home-court advantage isn't necessarily a thing in this series. The Celtics are still favorites to win Game 7, on the road, but a possession. The Celtics didn't get much production from the bench outside of White but should be able to regroup for Game 7. Give me the Celtics against the spread in a must-win Game 7. The Celtics made it harder on themselves, but it wasn't really their fault. They defended Butler very well but he made some insane shots. If Butler doesn't replicate Game 6, the Celtics will win.

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Game 7 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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