Celtics vs Heat: This season, the Eastern Conference side of the NBA Playoff bracket has been a wonderful treat. The trend should continue with the Celtics taking on the Heat in what should be a contested Eastern Conference Finals. It is the same story told about the Heat all season. At the same time, they are the best team in the Eastern Conference by the record. Despite dealing with injuries all season, they didn’t receive much attention heading into the playoffs.
They’ve followed up their strong regular season with the best record in the league. Also, the net rating among NBA Playoff teams, despite Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry’s absences. Furthermore, they are garnering much less attention than during the regular season. Since the other side of the bracket was so interesting, the Heat was overlooked. While Celtics were shaping themselves into razor-sharp blade-like steel sharpens steel. It’s possible that the Bucks-Celtics series was the genuine NBA Finals.
Celtics vs Heat: Match Preview
During the regular season, Tyler Herro was the Heat’s best offensive player. He is inconsistent and targeted on defense in the NBA Playoffs. He’s also never faced more aggressive defenses. His shot hasn’t been falling, which is more likely down to luck than anything else. Is Herro capable of resuming his regular-season form? He’ll have to since the Heat will have trouble scoring against the Celtics. They’ve had by far the poorest offensive of any surviving teams.
Derrick White hasn’t had many big scoring games, but he’s done everything else well. He’s an excellent team defender, a sharp cutter, and a capable ball mover. He has made multiple crucial plays in the Celtics’ victories. Will White generate enough offense to play significant minutes in this series? Since joining the Celtics, his jump shot has been shaky. Suppose he can figure out how to get those shots down. Then it will provide them with a considerable boost.
Celtics vs Heat series odds
- Celtics: -160
- Heat: +130
Butler’s over-reliance on the Heat will be their downfall. In the NBA Playoffs, he’s been fantastic, but the Celtics have built to keep him quiet. They’ll make it difficult for the Heat’s other players to beat them. That tactic might not have worked when Herro and Kyle Lowry were backing up Butler. On the other hand, Herro hasn’t been himself, and Lowry, dealing with a hamstring issue. And actively hindered the team when he played in the second round. The Heat have not equipped to counter such a plan.
Heat point guard Kyle Lowry will miss the first two games of the series, suffering a toe injury. Also, Miami went 4-0 against Philadelphia without him. Due to a mid-foot issue, Smart is also doubtful for Game 1.
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