The Boston Celtics had their chance to complete the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals on home soil, and now the Miami Heat have their chance when they host Game 7 on Sunday night. Miami’s Jimmy Butler put on an otherworldly performance in Game 6 on Friday night, scoring 47 points in a 111-103 win. Jayson Tatum scored 30 points for Boston in the losing effort. Both teams are really stoned after the long season, and the winner will head to the NBA Finals to face the Golden State Warriors, which start on Thursday.
Tip in Miami is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET. Boston is favored by three runs in the latest Celtics vs. Heat NBA odds on Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under for total runs scored is set at 197. Before making any Heat vs. Celtics picks or NBA predictions, you need to see what SportsLine expert Zack Cimini has to say.
A Las Vegas handicapper who’s never afraid to go against conventional wisdom, Cimini excels in multiple sports. Over the past 33 NBA picks, Cimini is 22-11, earning players nearly $800-$100. He’s also on an incredible 38-16-1 run with his last 55 ATS picks involving the Celtics, netting players nearly $1,800-$100.
Now, Cimini has set his sights on Celtics vs. Heat, and has just locked down his picks and predictions on the NBA playoffs. You can head over to SportsLine now to see its picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Heat vs Celtics:
- Celtics vs. Heat spread: Celtics -3
- Celtics vs. Heat over-under: 197 points
- Money line Celtics vs Heat: Celtics -150, Heat +130
- Celtics vs Heat Tickets: View Tickets on StubHub
- BOS: Celtics are 23-13 ATS after losing this season
- MIA: Heat are 33-30 ATS after 2021-22 win
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Why the Celtics can cover
Boston fought to the end Friday night and held on to the lead in the fourth quarter, but the Celtics couldn’t stop Butler. Boston will be much more focused on that task on Sunday, and that has kept them to 19 total points in the previous two games. The Celtics’ leading scorers started Game 6 hot, with Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scoring 18 on 12-of-18 combined shooting. In the second half, they combined for 14, making three of seven shots and six free throws. They should be much more involved throughout Sunday. Tatum averaged 27.1 points and Brown added 22.9 in the regular season.
Derrick White exploded off the bench on Friday, scoring 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and should be a big help for a team with multiple hampered players. The Celtics are 32-16-1 ATS in road games, 17-7 as a favorite, and they have the best numbers in this series. They’re shooting five percent better than Miami, scoring 5.5 more points per game and averaging four more rebounds.
Why heat can cover
Miami is 20-10 ATS this season as an underdog (4-2 at home) and 10-7 ATS in the playoffs. Butler showed on Friday night that he could simply take control of a game and would be pushed hard by the home crowd. Butler averaged 21.4 points in the regular season and is at 26.9 for the series. His 47 points on Friday were his career high in the playoffs. Miami led the league in 3-point shooting (37.9%), but only reached 31.5% in the series.
The Heat have also been strong defensively all season. They finished fourth in the NBA in both defense (105.6 ppg) and opponent field goal percentage (44.7) in the regular season. Center Bam Adebayo is also expected to have a big game, posting an average of 13.3 points, well below his season average of 19.1, and two fewer rebounds (10.1-8, 0).
How to make Celtics vs. Heat picks
For Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Cimini looks at the point total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the gap a must. He’s just sharing what it is, and which side of the Heat against the Celtics has spread at the back, to SportsLine.
So who wins Celtics vs. Heat? And which side of the spread is a must-have? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Heat vs. Celtics spread you need to jump on Sunday, all from the expert who crushed his NBA picks, and find out.