Heat vs Celtics NBA Playoffs series picks, predictions, odds


The No. 8 seed Miami Heat and No. 1 seed Boston Celtics will play in the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs for the Eastern Conference starting Sunday, April 21.

Who will win the series and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals?

Check out these NBA Playoffs series picks and predictions for Eastern Conference play.

The Celtics are -8000 to win the series in FanDuel Sportsbook’s NBA Playoffs odds. The heat is +1800.

The Celtics’ four-game win puts them at -110 in the odds for the series outcome. Boston is +180 to win in five games, +650 to win in six and +1200 to win in seven games.

The Heat are +5000 to win the series in six games, +8500 to win in seven games, +15000 to win in five games and +28000 to beat the Celtics.

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John Schuhmann writes, “The Heat have proven to be a resilient group, and the Celtics struggled in the zone in last year’s conference finals. And Boston still has some recent postseason demons. But the Celtics are just the much better team, especially with Butler unlikely to play. While Miami managed to stifle the Bulls’ attack at 19th, it now faces a much tougher challenge. The Celtics are a machine and they shouldn’t have much trouble reaching the conference semifinals for the seventh time in the last eight years.”

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DraftKings: Celtics will beat Heat in five games

Chinmay Vaidya writes: “Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro should have solid performances in the series, but the Celtics were the best team in the league for a reason. They crushed the most advanced stats and had an insane net rating, which wasn’t just their talent demonstrated, but also their ability to play together. They are on a mission and will not underestimate a team that has prevailed several times in the playoffs. Give me Boston to finish this in five games.

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The Oklahoman: Celtics will beat Heat in five games

Justin Martinez writes: “Miami beat Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, and it looked sharp against Chicago on Friday. But Boston got better this past season with the addition of Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday. The Celtics rank first in the NBA in offensive performance. efficiency and third in defensive efficiency. And with Butler not in the mix, it’s hard to imagine the Heat pulling off another upset.” Betting on the Celtics to beat Heat in four games

Jonathan Von Tobel writes: “Boston is the much better team in this series – a fact reflected by the series price – and it is looking for revenge after losing to Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals last season. The Celtics should be highly motivated to There are many who probably believe the Heat can extend this series due to past success, but this team is incapable of doing so. Expect the Celtics to roll in the first round.

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