Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Game 2 Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 19, 2022

After Jimmy Butler's one-man show in Game 1, can the Miami Heat pull off another win on Thursday and take a 2-0 series lead over the Celtics?

Boston
51-31
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May 19, 2022, 8:30 PM ET
American Airlines Arena
Miami
53-29
Pointspread +1 -118
Moneyline -110
Over / Under o +206

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Pointspread -1 -102
Moneyline -110
Over / Under u +206

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The Miami Heat capitalized on home court advantage in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday, downing the shorthanded Boston Celtics 118-107.  The Celtics will try to even the series in Game 2 on Thursday, although the lineup they’ll be able to field is still a question mark.

Miami is a 4-point favourite to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 207.5.

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Boston’s failure to cover the spread in Game 1 was an anomaly as they’re 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall.  It’s generally a high scoring affair when they head to Florida, with the total going Over in four of their last six trips to Miami.  The Celtics now sit as +120 underdogs to win the series.

No team has been able to solve the Heat at home for a while now, as Miami has won 10 straight home games, including all seven in the playoffs.  They’ve also been a solid cover option, going 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games.  Miami sits as a -141 favourite to win the series.

The Heat’s Game 1 win evened the season series between these teams after the Celtics took two of three regular season tilts.  The favoured exact series result is for Miami to win in seven games or Boston to win in six games, which are both sitting at +375.  The biggest long shot is for the Celtics to win in five games at +1100.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics showed they can clearly hang with Miami and even took an eight-point lead into halftime, but their depleted lineup caught up with them after the break.  Two key players were late scratches from Game 1.  Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart (foot) and Al Horford (COVID protocols) both missed the game.  Smart is listed as probable for Game 2, while Horford is doubtful.  Jayson Tatum led the way on Tuesday, finishing with a team-high 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists.  Jaylen Brown added a double-double of 24 points and 10 boards.  The two stars have paced Boston throughout the playoffs, with Tatum averaging 28.3 points per game in the postseason and Brown averaging 22.3 points.

Miami Heat

It was the Jimmy Butler show in the second half of Game 1.  Butler scored 27 of his game-high 41 points in the second half, helping Miami go on a 22-2 run immediately after the break.  The rest of Butler’s stat line included nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocked shots.  Tyler Herro chipped in 18 points and eight rebounds, while Gabe Vincent had 17 points.  The Heat are averaging 112.4 ppg over their last five wins.  In that span, Butler has hit the 40-point mark twice and he is averaging 33.8 ppg.  Through 11 postseason games, Butler is averaging 29.8 ppg, trailing only Luka Doncic among the four remaining playoff teams.

Kyle Lowry is out for Game 2 as he deals with a lingering hamstring injury.  Vincent and Max Strus are also dealing with hamstring injuries and are both considered questionable for Thursday.

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