The Celtics who needed only a win to make their first appearance in twelve years in the NBA finals are now in a must-win situation after the Heat forced a Game 7 and now put the series at level terms. This is the second back-to-back Game 7 the Boston Celtics are playing in this postseason run as the series against the Bucks had to come down to a Game 7 as well. The Miami Heat have the home-court advantage.
The match starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, 29 May 2022. The game time by GMT is 12:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30. The match venue is FTX Arena, Miami, FL.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics (May 29) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics latest odds on betting sites
The Miami Heat money line odds are priced at 2.20 (+120 American; 6/5 Fractional), while the Boston Celtics money line odds are priced at 1.71 (-141; 39/55). This equals approximate probabilities of 45% against 55% respectively.
- Over 195.5 points — 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Under 195.5 points — 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Miami Heat +2.5: 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Boston Celtics -2.5: 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics match preview and statistics
The Heat went into the game with everything to play for and were aggressive defensively. Turnovers are the Celtics’ Achilles heels and the Heat did well to force the Celtics to turnover the ball 17 times compared to their playoff average of 14.1. Jimmy Butler was the man for the Miami Heat with a career playoff-high 47 points, which he partly complemented with 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and a block.
Kyle Lowry followed with 18 points and 10 assists while Max Strus dropped 13 points.
P.J Tucker finished with 11 points, 5 boards and 2 steals.
Team statistics: 36/78 (46.2%) field goals, 15/35 (42.9%) 3 pointers, 24/25 (96.0%) free throws, 25 assists, 37 total rebounds, 2 blocks, 10 steals, 17 turnovers, 27 fouls.
Miami Heat team news: Tyler Herro, Gabe Vincent and Max Strus are currently listed as questionable for the game.
The Celtics squandered their chance to book their spot in the NBA finals in Game 6 and are now faced with putting up another Game 7 masterpiece. The Celtics even at full strength in Game 6 were not aggressive enough and they couldn’t get the job done.
Jason Tatum led the team with 30 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the field and added 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals while Jaylen Brown dropped 20 points, 6 boards and 5 assists.
Derrick White from the bench followed with 22 points, 5 assists and 3 steals while Marcus Smart finished with 14 points and 4 boards.
Team statistics: 32/72 (44.4%) field goals, 11/33 (33.3%) 3 pointers, 28/31 (90.3%) free throws, 22 assists, 34 total rebounds, 10 steals, 4 blocks, 17 turnovers, 28 fouls.
Boston Сeltics team news: Sam Hauser is ruled out for the match while Marcus Smart is currently listed as questionable for the game.
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics H2H
The last time they met in the postseason was in the Eastern Conference finals of the 2020 playoffs and the Heat won the series 4-2. This series is now at level terms 3-3.
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics lineups and key players
Miami Heat projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Kyle Lowry
- Shooting guard: Max Strus
- Small forward: Jimmy Butler
- Power forward: P.J Tucker
- Center: Bam Adebayo
Jimmy Butler is the key player to watch out for. He laid it all on the floor in Game 6 which was one of the best performances by a player facing elimination in NBA history. If the Heat will proceed to the NBA finals, they need Jimmy Butler to perform on such a high level as he did in Game 6.
Boston Celtics projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Marcus Smart
- Shooting guard: Jaylen Brown
- Small forward: Jayson Tatum
- Power forward: Al Horford
- Center: Robert Williams III
Jayson Tatum is the key player to watch out for. He was efficient but rather quiet in Game 6 with only 12 field goal attempts compared to his playoff average of 19.5 fga. He’s the only Celtics player that can match up with Jimmy Butler’s offensive contribution.
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics predictions and betting tips
The series has come down to a Game 7 which the Celtics are no stranger to as they blew out the reigning NBA Champions Milwaukee Bucks in the last round. The Heat have the home-court advantage but it doesn’t seem to matter much in this game as the Heat has lost twice at home in this series. The Heat team will have hopes of advancing to the finals if they can force the Celtics to turnover the ball more as they did in Game 7 and if Jimmy Butler can replicate the kind of performance he just dropped.
The Celtics Star Duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown only combined for 25 field goal attempts in Game 6 compared to their playoffs average field goal attempts of about 36. The duo need to be more aggressive in Game 7 for the Celtics to continue their postseason run. With Jimmy Butler unlikely to perform at such a high level in Game 7 and Kyle Lowry not still 100% fit, the Celtics have all it takes to steal the win and book their spot in the NBA finals. I pick the Celtics to win the game. Predictions for this game are the Boston Celtics to win and over 195.5 points.
Betting prediction: Boston Celtics to win
Odds: 1.71 (-141 American; 39/55 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 195.5 points
Odds: 1.90 (-111 American; 10/11 Fractional)