Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics Game 1 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Miami Heat overcame the number one seeded Milwaukee Bucks to make the Eastern Conference Finals.
- The Boston Celtics defeated 2019 NBA Champions the Toronto Raptors to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
- This is the first time in NBA history that the Eastern Conference Finals won’t host a first or second seed.
Heat vs Celtics Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Miami Heat||+1.5 -109||O 210 -112||+102|
|Boston Celtics||-1.5 -110||U 210 -109||-120|
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Heat vs Celtics Predictions and Picks
The Miami Heat have the decided advantage against the Boston Celtics due to their extended rest period and three-point shooting. The Celtics will surely put up a fight, but Miami is unlikely to give them a break in Game 1.
How to Watch Heat vs Celtics
|Heat vs Celtics Information|
|What||Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Tuesday, September 15th, 2020; 6:30 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
Head-to-Head: Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics
|Miami Heat||Head-to-Head||Boston Celtics|
|Erik Spoelstra||Head Coach||Brad Stevens|
|44-29 (5th in East, 11th Overall)||Standing||48-24 (3rd in East, 5th Overall)|
|112.5 (7th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.3 (4th of 30)|
|109.5 (11th of 30)||Def Rtg||107.0 (4th of 30)|
|98.3 (27th of 30)||Pace||99.5 (17th of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Butler (21.8)||PPG||J. Tatum (25.3)|
|B. Adebayo (11.7)||RPG||J. Tatum (10.1)|
|B. Adebayo (4.8)||APG||K. Walker (5.3)|
|J. Butler (2.1)||SPG||G. Hayward (4.0)|
|A. Iguodala (0.9)||BPG||D. Theis (1.5)|
|D. Jones (.600)/G. Dragic (7.9)||FG%/FGM||R. Williams (.760)/J. Tatum (8.5)|
|T-Butler, Jones (.500)/J. Crowder (3.3)||3P%/3PM||G. Williams (.667)/J. Tatum (2.8)|
Miami’s Three-Point Shooting is Crucial
The Miami Heat have been brilliant since they joined the NBA bubble. A massive factor in their success has been their fantastic three-point shooting. Top to bottom, the Heat have a number of threats from a range that are sure to cause an issue with the Boston Celtics.
In their last series against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Heat was able to shoot 37.3% from three over five games. More impressively, six different Miami Heat players shot over 40% from deep in their second-round series.
While the Boston Celtics were able to edge out the reigning champions, much of their success is owed to Toronto’s uncharacteristically dreadful shooting. Boston allows teams to take their fill of three-point shots, a tactic that Miami could take advantage of.
Will Fatigue Play a Factor for Boston?
The Boston Celtics are coming off of a hard-fought series against the defending champion Toronto Raptors. Seven games over the span of 13 days is nothing to scoff at, especially for a Boston team that relied on a chosen few.
The Celtics scraped out a series win in their last round off the back of 39 to 40-plus minutes per game from Tatum, Brown, Walker, and Smart. What was a clash of styles turned into a war of attrition that Boston found themselves the victors.
They face a Miami Heat team that is certain to push the pace against the fatigued Celtics. Brad Stevens is sure to go deeper into his bench earlier compared to against the Raptors, but they can’t afford a drop-off in production should he do so.
Heat Key Player: (C) Bam Adebayo
First-time All-Star Bam Adebayo has been fantastic in the bubble. His all-around play on both ends of the court drives the Heat’s success. However, his lack of outside shooting may be an issue against the Celtics.
Bam Adebayo is by no means a threat from range. He didn’t attempt a single three-point shot in his previous series against the Bucks. Instead, Adebayo makes his living rolling to the basket and fighting on the offensive glass.
The Celtics won their second-round series against the Toronto Raptors by exploiting their famous shooting slump. If Adebayo becomes a liability due to his inability to shoot the ball, he’ll have to make an impact somewhere else on the court.
Celtics Key Player: (G) Marcus Smart
All eyes may be on young star Jayson Tatum, but it was Marcus Smart who brought the team together in key moments in their second-round series victory.
A stalwart on the defensive end but streaky on the offensive side of the ball, Smart’s impact is always felt one way or another. While he was able to key in on main contributors against the Raptors, the Heat’s team-first approach may render Smart’s primary skill useless.
Smart will have to show efficiency on the offensive end if he hopes to spur the Celtics on to victory. He will be asked to contain offensive catalysts Goran Dragic and Jimmy Butler, a tall task for any this post-season.
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