The Heat managed to win a thrilling Game 1 in overtime with the help of big plays of their players both on the offensive and the defensive end during the final seconds. They are now facing once again the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Celtics are looking to bounce back and tie the series. Small details cost them the win in the opening game and will be looking to fare better today.
Date/Time: 09-17-2020, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -2.5 Total: +208.5
Boston had a 48-24 record in the regular season (41-27-4 ATS). They finished third in the East. They have lost two of their last three matches. In their last game they lost by Miami in Game 1, 114-117 in overtime. They were a -2 favorite and didn’t beat the odds.
Jayson Tatum leads the team both in scoring with 25.7 ppg and in rebounding with 10.4 per game. Jaylen Brown adds 20.7 ppg and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Heat had a 44-28 record in the regular season (36-35-2 ATS). They finished in the fifth in the East. They have won nine of their last ten matches. In their last game they won Boston in game one, 117-114 in OT. They were a 2-point underdog and managed to cover the spread.
Goran Dragic leads the team in scoring with 21.9 ppg, adding 4.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Jimmy Butler adds 21.6 ppg, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
Both teams are tied 2-2 wins so far this season.
Heat are better offensively (112.6 to 108.2 ppg). Boston has the best defense in the postseason (101.4 ppg) and Miami follows second (104.7).
Celtics are better both in rebounding (45 to 44.5) and in turnovers committed (13.6 to 14.6).
On the other hand, Miami has better percentages both in field goals (46.2% to 44.9%) and in 3-pointers (38.6% to 34.2%).
They are also better in assists made (25.2 to 21.3).
Bookmakers give the Celtics a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They are too good to lose a second straight game in such a crucial series, so they will get away with the win one way or another.
Heat vs Celtics Game 2 Prediction: Boston Celtics -2.5 (-110)