the Boston Celtics they take on Miami Heat into the Eastern Conference Finals, with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.
stars like Jason Tatum And Jaylen Brown It paved the way for the Celtics’ success during the playoffs. against the 76ersTatum scored an NBA Game 7-scoring 51 points, and Brown averaged 24.6 points per game.
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Boston faces an unexpected opponent in Miami.
The Heat blazed through the postseason, and was defeated Milwaukee Bucks In five games and New York Knicks in six. Miami – led Jimmy “Buckets” Butler – was able to wreak all this havoc on the NBA in the East as the eighth seed.
Will Miami continue the hot streak? Or is the Celtics cooling Butler & Co.?
Here’s a look at the series from a betting perspective, with odds FOX Pete:
Celtics in heat8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, TNT (Lead Series 3-0)
point spread: Heat -1.5 (Heat would prefer to win by more than 1.5 points, otherwise the Celtics)
money line: Heat -133 is the favorite to win (bet $10 to win a total of $17.52); Celtics -105 favorites to win (bet $10 for a total win of $19.52)
Total Points Over/Under: 215 points scored by both teams combined
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Series schedule and results (all times 8:30 p.m. ET, TV TNT):
Game 1: Heat 123, Celtics 116
Game 2: Heat 111, Celtics 105
Third game: Heat 128, Celtics 102
Fourth game: Celtics at Heat, Tuesday
Fifth game: Celtics Heat, Thursday *
Game 6: Celtics at Heat, Saturday *
Game 7: Heat at Celtics, May 29 *
* = if required
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Choose with FOX sports betting analyzer Jason McIntyre:
We get another bubble rematch! This is the third time the two have met in the playoffs in the past four years. Miami Here are a few people, with Tyler Hero He is not expected to play in the series. Yes, Miami had six players averaging double digits against the Knicks, but it’s one thing to keep up with New York’s mediocre offense. Boston, on the other hand, is an offensive powerhouse. Yes, the Celtics were pushed to seven games by Philadelphia, but two of those games were last-minute lucky sevens. This series does not have to go to the seventh.
I could see a scenario where Boston wipes the floor with Miami at five, and a sweep isn’t out of the question either. The problem, of course, is that Jimmy Butler is the most outfield player – my apologies to my favorite Celtics player of all time, Jason Tatum. I hate betting on it.
But could anyone other than Butler apply for Miami? He is Duncan Robinson to play? What do you expect from a 36 year old Kyle Lowry? Heat culture is a wonderful thing, however Caleb MartinAnd Max Strauss And Gabe Vincent They won’t get the wide open look against the Knicks because Boston won’t need to double anyone. Marcus Smart He is a capable butler defender. the Alhorford Plus Robert Williams combo that closes Joel Embiid The last two matches will be formidable vs Kevin Love And Bam Adebayo.
Miami has had a great run, touchdowns Giannis Antikonmo and then Galen Bronson, but Boston would be the most complete team the Heat have ever faced. Miami has a huge coaching advantage with Erik Spoelstra, but doesn’t have the wing defenders to hang out with Jalen Brown.
In two of their three wins last year in the playoffs against Boston, Butler scored 41 points and 47 points. That’s a heavy burden for him again, especially considering his ankle injury against New York.
I’m going with the Celtics to win this series in five.
Beck: Celtics to win the series 4-1 (+210 at FOX Bet, bet $10 to win a total of $31) Loss
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