Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics Game 2 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Bam Adebayo’s game-saving block in overtime of Game 1 gave the Heat a 1-0 series lead over the Celtics.
- After leading for the majority of the game, the Celtics were outscored by 12 in the fourth quarter as the Heat forced overtime.
- Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 30 points.
Heat vs Celtics Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Miami Heat||2.5 -109||O 208.5 -109||+120|
|Boston Celtics||-2.5 -112||U 208.5 -112||-141|
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Heat vs Celtics Predictions and Picks
The Boston Celtics played an excellent game but faltered late. Don’t expect Brad Stevens’ side to have another collapse in Game 2.
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||Thursday, September 17, 2020; 7:00 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)
|G. Dragic (21.9)||PPG||J. Tatum (25.7)|
|B. Adebayo (11.1)||RPG||J. Tatum (10.4)|
|B. Adebayo (5.2)||APG||K. Walker (5.3)|
|J. Butler (2.1)||SPG||G. Hayward (4.0)|
|T-Adebayo, Iguodala (0.9)||BPG||D. Theis (1.4)|
|D. Jones (.545)/G. Dragic (8.2)||FG%/FGM||R. Williams (.769)/J. Tatum (8.6)|
|J. Butler (.524)/J. Crowder (3.5)||3P%/3PM||G. Williams (.643)/J. Tatum (2.9)|
Why are the Celtics Struggling to Close Games?
The Boston Celtics are a talented team, led by stars Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum. After winning a seven-game series against the Toronto Raptors, many believed the Celtics were over their late-game hump. It didn’t look that way in Game 1 against the Heat.
After giving up a nine-point lead to the Miami Heat, allowing the game to be sent into overtime, Boston capitulated in the extra session to concede Game 1. When asked why Boston struggles to close games, head coach Brad Stevens suggested a lack of ball movement and focus on isolation-play.
If the Celtics want to even up the series with Miami, they must commit to their offensive gameplan. As good as Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker are, the Heat have shown they have the defensive talent to shut them down in any situation. Ball movement and shot creation are key for the Celtics to win Game 2.
Miami Can Shoot Their Way Back
Despite going down at a crucial period in the third quarter, the Miami Heat showed why they are built to overcome difficult situations. Matching up perfectly with the Celtics, the Heat were able to shoot their way back into the game.
Playing the role of facilitators, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro combined for 18 assists on the evening. Complementing the Heat’s 16 made three-point field goals.
While going down big in games isn’t ideal, the Heat doesn’t present the same lack of threat that the Raptors did against Boston. Between Butler, Crowder, Dragic, and Herro, at least two three-pointers were made by each player. Their threat from deep is a problem Boston is unlikely to solve.
Celtics Key Player: (G) Kemba Walker
Don’t be fooled by the stat line, Kemba Walker struggled against the Miami Heat and their swarming defence. In fact, his troubles that continue from the Toronto series still plague him.
When he is the focal point for the opponent’s defence, Walker is struggling to score as well as create. He was 6-19 in Game 1 against the Heat with three turnovers to his six assists.
Boston needs an aggressive Walker in order to win Game 2. While ball movement is crucial for the Celtics’ success, Walker has shown the ability to score efficiently when hunting mismatches. Expect a bounce-back game for the perennial All-Star.
Heat Key Player: (G) Tyler Herro
In-Game 1 Herro put on one of his best performances as a professional. Herro contributed a near triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists on 50% shooting from the field and 40% shooting from deep.
Herro’s playmaking ability is a big reason why fellow rookie Kendrick Nunn isn’t seeing the court as much. If Herro continues to act as sharpshooter and playmaker, it is difficult to imagine the Celtics’ vaunted defence stopping Miami.
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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.