Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat: Game 1 Betting Preview

Series Preview and Pregame Analysis: Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat

It was Jayson Tatum stepping up again for the Celtics as the green took down Philly in Game 7 in Boston. Miami travels to TD Garden for Game 1, and Jimmy Butler and company enter as big underdogs. ESPN projects Miami winning this series at just three percent.

For a team that has been counted out many times this year, Miami looks to be counted out again this series. The Celtics are big favorites, according to Vegas, but 3 percent, according to ESPN, is somewhat insulting to Miami.

South Florida has been ready for all challenges throughout the playoffs, as the Miami Heat — and Florida Panthers — cannot be stopped in the first two rounds of the postseason. Florida fans have been enjoying a lot of sports success recently, but they are

Malcolm Brogdon had the following praise about Al Horford: “I think the guy we followed all season, our leader is Al Horford … You know you have a special leader when guys like Jayson Tatum, a top-five player in the world, Jaylen Brown, another top player in the world, listen to him. … They want his feedback.”

Horford is in his second stint in Boston, and he finally made the NBA Finals with a similar Celtics core last year. This season, Horford’s shot total decreased, but his impact has not. The 36-year-old big man has started all 13 of Boston’s playoff games thus far. He turns 37 on June 3, and he hopes to be in the Finals at that time.

All lines and odds courtesy of BetMGM.

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Moneyline: Celtics (-375)

Heat (+290)

Spread: Celtics -8.5 (-105)

Heat +8.5 (-115)

Total: Over 210.5 (-115)

Under 210.5 (-105)

Picks and Predictions for the Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat

Boston Celtics ML (-375)

Here we go again for the Celtics in the 2023 NBA postseason, as they are the title favorites for yet another round. The second-round series did not go as planned, but Jayson Tatum stepped up in one of the best Game 7 performances in NBA history.

Can Miami put up a fight against Boston? The Heat will absolutely not go down swinging, so it should be a closely-contested series. Once again the Celtics are big favorites, and the moneyline seems a good way to go.

Final Game Prediction, Celtics vs. Heat

Boston Celtics ML (-375)

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Adam Lowenstein, Boston
Adam Lowenstein, Boston
Adam Lowenstein is a freelance sports journalist and a native of Massachusetts. He attended Washington University in St. Louis when the St. Louis Rams were actually a thing. Adam recently completed his master's and doctorate degrees. In sports, Adam has spent more than 10 years covering the NBA, specifically the Boston Celtics. You can follow him @StatsAdam on Twitter/Threads!

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