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The Miami Heat were able to steal Game 1 against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, and we've got our eyes on the player props that will define the game.
Caleb Martin is a utility player for the Miami Heat, but his offensive contributions have been crucial to their success. Al Horford's lack of three-point consistency for the Boston Celtics has embodied the Celtics' post-season inconsistencies. And while Kevin Love hasn't played many minutes through the playoffs, he remains solid in his rebounding production.
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Caleb Martin could be better at one specific thing, but his energy and versatility have been vital to the Miami Heat's success through the post-season. At FanDuel Sportsbook, Martin is a +104 to clear 9.5 points when he faces the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the East Finals. Given Boston's versatility, Martin will be called upon for a second straight game for heavy minutes.
On the season, Martin averages 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists on 46.4% from the field and 35.6% from the three-point range. In the playoffs, Martin has produced 11.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game on 52.8% from the field and 39.2% from three-point range. In Miami's Game 1 win over the Celtics, Martin contributed 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists on 54.5% from the field and 42.9% from three.
A reliable player on both ends of the court, Martin should clear 9.5 with ease, given the opportunities gained from his playmaking teammates. Martin has cleared 9.5 points in 30 of his 71 regular season games. Through the playoffs, Martin has scored ten or more points in eight of his 12 appearances.
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Al Horford has been a valuable contributor for the Boston Celtics throughout his tenure with them, but he's been inconsistent as of late, and it has hurt his team's chances. At PointsBet, Horford is a +100 to fall short of 1.5 threes when he faces the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. After struggling in recent matchups, Horford doesn't project to improve against a heady Miami Heat defense.
On the season, Horford averaged 9.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.3 threes per game on 47.6% from the field and 44.6% from three-point range. Through the post-season, Horford has averaged 6.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.5 threes per game on 37.6% from the field and 30.0% from deep. His last match saw him contribute just seven points, six rebounds, two assists, and one three on 37.5% from the field and 20.0% from three-point range.
Given the ball pressure and mobility of the Heat defense, Horford doesn't look like he'll get his shooting back on track. Horford has two or more three-pointers in 43 of his 63 regular season matches. However, through the post-season, Horford has cleared 1.5 threes in just seven of his 14 appearances.
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Veteran big man Kevin Love joined the Miami Heat to add some shooting to their roster, but he's been particularly effective in the rebounding department. At DraftKings Sportsbook, Love is a +105 to clear 5.5 rebounds when he faces the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He may not play many minutes, but with Adebayo, as help defender, Love did his job to contribute on the glass.
Through the regular season, Love averaged 8.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists on 38.9% from the field and 33.4% from three-point range. Through the playoffs, he's posted averages of 7.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 34.7% from the field and 30.0% from deep. In Game 1 of the East Finals, Love contributed eight points and six rebounds on 75.0% from the field and 66.7% from three.
Love cleared 5.5 rebounds in 36 of his 62 regular season appearances this season. In the 2023 Playoffs, Love has collected six or more rebounds in seven of his 12 appearances. Even in limited minutes through his last three matches, Love has proven a capable contributor on the glass.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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