Celtics vs. Heat odds, expert predictions for Eastern Conference Finals

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="For the first time since 2012, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will play in the Eastern Conference Finals.” data-reactid=”15″>For the first time since 2012, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will play in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The 2020 NBA playoffs have been full of excitement, drama and surprises.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="For example, many people expected the first-place Milwaukee Bucks to at least reach the conference finals after dominating the regular season with the league’s best record. But the Bucks’ run was halted by the Heat, who eliminated Milwaukee in just five games during the conference semifinals.” data-reactid=”21″>For example, many people expected the first-place Milwaukee Bucks to at least reach the conference finals after dominating the regular season with the league’s best record. But the Bucks’ run was halted by the Heat, who eliminated Milwaukee in just five games during the conference semifinals.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Celtics needed seven games to eliminate the defending champion Toronto Raptors and reach the conference finals for the third time in the last four years. Boston’s two previous conference finals appearances over that span ended in disappointment — a five-game loss in 2017 and a Game 7 defeat in 2018, both to LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers.” data-reactid=”22″>The Celtics needed seven games to eliminate the defending champion Toronto Raptors and reach the conference finals for the third time in the last four years. Boston’s two previous conference finals appearances over that span ended in disappointment — a five-game loss in 2017 and a Game 7 defeat in 2018, both to LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers.

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The C’s face a more beatable opponent in the Heat, but this series should be anything but easy for Boston. The Heat are a well-coached team loaded with depth and 3-point shooters.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="One x-factor for the Celtics is the potential&nbsp;return of veteran forward Gordon Hayward, who sprained his ankle in&nbsp;Game 1&nbsp;of the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers and hasn’t played since. Getting Hayward backs would give Boston another versatile scorer, a quality outside shooter and a primary ball-handler who can start or come off the bench.” data-reactid=”25″>One x-factor for the Celtics is the potential return of veteran forward Gordon Hayward, who sprained his ankle in Game 1 of the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers and hasn’t played since. Getting Hayward backs would give Boston another versatile scorer, a quality outside shooter and a primary ball-handler who can start or come off the bench.

Here are the latest betting lines and prop bets for the Celtics vs. Heat series and the playoffs as a whole.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Series winner: Celtics -140, Heat +115″ data-reactid=”27″>Series winner: Celtics -140, Heat +115

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Exact series outcomes: Celtics 4-0 (+900), Celtics 4-1 (+475), Celtics 4-2 (+400), Celtics 4-3 (+450), Heat 4-0 (+1300), Heat 4-1 (+700), Heat 4-2 (+500), Heat 4-3 (+475)” data-reactid=”28″>Exact series outcomes: Celtics 4-0 (+900), Celtics 4-1 (+475), Celtics 4-2 (+400), Celtics 4-3 (+450), Heat 4-0 (+1300), Heat 4-1 (+700), Heat 4-2 (+500), Heat 4-3 (+475)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Total games in series: Four (+550), Five (+250), Six (+190), Seven (+190)” data-reactid=”29″>Total games in series: Four (+550), Five (+250), Six (+190), Seven (+190)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="NBA title: Los Angeles Lakers (+130), Los Angeles Clippers (+275), Boston Celtics (+375), Miami Heat (+550), Denver Nuggets (+1600)” data-reactid=”30″>NBA title: Los Angeles Lakers (+130), Los Angeles Clippers (+275), Boston Celtics (+375), Miami Heat (+550), Denver Nuggets (+1600)

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Here’s a roundup of predictions for Celtics vs. Heat.

Chris Forsberg, NBC Sports Boston: Celtics in 6

A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports Boston: Celtics in 6

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated: Celtics in 6″ data-reactid=”36″>Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated: Celtics in 6

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated: Heat in 7″ data-reactid=”37″>Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated: Heat in 7

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Tim Bontemps, ESPN: Celtics in 6″ data-reactid=”38″>Tim Bontemps, ESPN: Celtics in 6

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Keith Smith, SB Nation’s Celtics Blog: Celtics in 5″ data-reactid=”42″>Keith Smith, SB Nation’s Celtics Blog: Celtics in 5

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="John Hollinger, The Athletic: Celtics in 6″ data-reactid=”43″>John Hollinger, The Athletic: Celtics in 6

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