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Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics NBA Playoffs Game 2 Picks and Predictions

Heat vs Celtics NBA Playoffs Game 2 preview, picks, and predictions for Wednesday April 24, 2024 at 7pm et.

Heat vs Celtics

When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

The visiting Miami Heat will attempt to pull even in their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Boston Celtics when the teams play Game 2 on Wednesday night.

Jayson Tatum collected 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the top-seeded Celtics to a 114-94 victory in Game 1 on Sunday. Tatum was one of six Boston players who scored in double figures.

“Just making the right play,” Tatum said after Sunday’s game. “We talk all the time about not getting bored with making the right play. … We’ve played (the Heat) enough. They’re not a team that’s necessarily going to let you play one-on-one all night.”

Miami’s success Wednesday may be determined by how well it can defend the 3-point line. Boston made 22 of its 49 attempts from beyond the arc in Game 1. Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick White and Sam Hauser each made four 3-pointers. Hauser came off the bench and did his damage in 12 minutes of playing time.

“You’re going to need things like that to be successful in the playoffs,” Tatum said. “It’s not always going to be the guys who start the game. On any given night we’re going to count on somebody off the bench to change the pace of the game.”

The Celtics outscored the Heat 31-14 in the third quarter and led 91-59 entering the fourth. Boston’s lead swelled to 34 points before eighth-seeded Miami got as close as 14 in the final minutes.

“You have to give (the Celtics) credit,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They won the big-muscle areas. Definitely won the 3-point line and the majority of the areas in between, including defensively. They were up and into us, getting us out of our normal flow, rhythm. So we have to do a much better job by Wednesday.”

Bam Adebayo scored 24 points and Delon Wright added 17 for Miami, which was without Jimmy Butler for the second straight game because of a right knee injury he sustained during the play-in round. Terry Rozier also remained out with a neck injury.

Boston’s Jrue Holiday was among those who did a good job defending Tyler Herro, who shot 4 of 13 from the field and was held to 11 points in 34 minutes. Herro and Butler each averaged a team-high 20.8 points per game during the regular season.

“They came out with the intention to put a lot of pressure on (Herro),” Spoelstra said. “Whether it’s on the ball with pick and rolls or off the ball with movement, we have to find some ways to shake him free and get him to his strength spaces within the context of what we do.”

Sunday’s win improved Boston’s record against Miami to 4-0 this season. The Celtics have won 38 of 42 home games during the season and playoffs.

“There’s some things that we have to do better, but that’s the balance, right?” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said. “Understanding that we played relatively well, but we have to be better because we know they’re going to play better.”

–Field Level Media

  • Miami are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Miami’s last 13 games.
  • Miami are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against Boston.
  • Miami are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games against Boston.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami’s last 7 games on the road.
  • Miami are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston.
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Miami’s last 12 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference conference.
  • Miami are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Division division.
  • Miami are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games played in April.
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of Boston’s last 15 games.
  • Boston are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston’s last 8 games against Miami.
  • Boston are 16-1 SU in their last 17 games at home.
  • Boston are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games when playing at home against Miami.
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Boston’s last 11 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference conference.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston’s last 7 games against an opponent in the Southeast Division division.
  • Boston are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games played in April.
  • Boston are 13-7 ATS in their last 20 games played on a Wednesday when playing at home.

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In this Heat vs Celtics Wednesday Night playoff basketball game, I’m rolling with the Celtics Team Total Over 107.5 Points (-140).

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