Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 18, 2022 02:30 CET

May 16, 2022
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics Prediction

Just two days after game number seven against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Boston Celtics begin the Eastern Conference finals against the much more rested Miami Heat.

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Miami Heat

Miami Heat finished the regular season in first place in the Eastern Conference and therefore have home-court advantage throughout the entire playoffs. In the first two rounds, they fully justified their „best team in the East“ status. Firstly, they eliminated the Atlanta Hawks in five games, then knocked out the Philadephia 76ers in six games. They benefited from the fact that Joel Embiid did not play in the first two games, however, the Heat showed superiority over the 76ers in games number five and six when they were much better on the court. Jimmy Butler was the real leader, while Max Strus was also excellent, taking Duncan Robinson’s minutes completely. Bam Adebayo found a way to slow Embiid through a series against the 76ers, while Tyler Herro was at his standard level. Heat finished their series two days before the Boston Celtics and had a lot more time to rest and regenerate and will surely be a lot fresher in game number one in this Eastern Conference final. The heat played the NBA Finals two years ago and now they want to go back there.

Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics played a real playoff classic against the Milwaukee Bucks that was decided after the seventh game. It seemed that the Celtics would be eliminated after the defeat in game number five in front of their fans in TD Garden, but then they played impressively in the next two matches and deservedly went further into Conference Finals. The Celtics shot much better than the Bucks throughout the series, and it seemed that Jayson Tatum could not miss from a distance in games number six and seven. The Bucks decided in the seventh game to let Grant Williams to shoot but he punished them for it with seven three-pointers. Robert Williams missed several games due to injury and the Celtics had trouble protecting the hoop in a couple of clashes, but they found a cure for that as well. Al Horford and Marcus Smart were perfect defensively, but it would be wrong if the whole Celtics team did not get credit for that. Head coach Ime Udoka did a great job in the preparation, but also in the adjustments throughout the series against Bucks. There is very little time now between two games and it will be a bigger challenge against Heat.


Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have played against each other three times in the regular season, and the Celtics have won twice. The two teams also played in the conference finals two years ago when the Heat knocked out the Celtics 4-2.


Kyle Lowry (Heat) and Robert Williams (Celtics) missed several games in this playoffs and both of them are questionable for game number one. All other players are available.

Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics Prediction

The Heat had two more days to rest and prepare for this game, which is a very important thing in such an exhausting playoff. The Celtics will certainly be competitive throughout the series, but in game number one they should be in a weaker position.

Pick: Miami Heat to win
Odds: 1.76
Bookmaker: 20bet

Date and Time: 18.05.2022 02:30 CET

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