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Celtics are getting ridiculously overwhelming betting odds to beat the Heat in the NBA playoffs

The Eastern Conference rivalry has just been reignited. Following their Play-In victory on Friday, the Miami Heat will face the Boston Celtics in the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. Both teams performed very differently this season. The Celtics were a purely dominant force, while the Heat were a stable team, once again quietly placing themselves at the bottom of the playoffs. This is exactly why the bets a strong preference for Boston. According to Action Network, the Celtics are -8000 to win their series against the Heat.

Boston and Miami have collided three times recently in the Eastern Conference Finals, with the Heat taking home two series victories. It all started during the pandemic-shortened season, when the Celtics fell in six games during the bubble. Fast forward to 2022, both teams met again, with the Green and White battling their way to a berth in the NBA Finals in seven games.

Last season, the Celtics entered the playoffs as the second seed, while the Heat clinched the final playoff spot thanks to a Play-In win. After overcoming several other heavyweights, both squads once again found themselves as the remaining East teams. Miami initially walked away with a 3-0 lead, but the Celtics fought back to tie the series. However, Boston would fall in game seven, giving their opponents the win that time.

This year, each team has the chance to send the other home again. The meeting in the first round is a lot earlier than what they are used to. Nevertheless, it will be another highly anticipated series with a lot at stake. And for Celtics fans, it’s a chance to avenge a heartbreak that led to major changes within the team.

A new-looking Celtics team

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) and guard Jaylen Brown (7) celebrate during overtime in their 127-120 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at TD Garden
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In the aftermath of Boston’s elimination last season, management decided to trade away several key players such as Marcus Smart, Robert Williams and Malcolm Brogdon. All trades ultimately resulted in the addition of Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis. Looking at what the Celtics have done, it all seems to be paying off.

From the start of the season, the team showed why they are the Eastern Conference favorites. Boston’s starting five of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, Porzingis and Holiday piled up the wins and showed the entire league what happens when a lineup full of talent finds a way to work well together.

The Celtics finished the season with a 64–18 record, highlighted by an 11-game winning streak in February. Led by Tatum’s 26.9 points per game, all five starters achieved double-digit scoring averages during the regular season.

Nothing less than Banner 18 is expected this year. The talent is there. The teamwork and chemistry are there. The technical staff has come up with the right formula. It all comes down to finishing the campaign on a good note.