2022 NBA Playoffs: Heat vs Celtics Game 1 Preview, Odds, and Pick

Kyle Lowry shoots in the 2022 NBA Playoffs
Mar 30, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) shoots the ball over Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 NBA Playoffs have advanced to the conference finals. Tonight we’ll get to see Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. This will be the second time in the last three years that these two teams have met at this stage of the playoffs, so let’s see how they stack up in Game 1.

If you want a more detailed look at this series, read our full series breakdown.

Playoff Tale of the Tape:

Celtics STAT Heat
51-31 Record 53-29
108.5 (7th) Points Per Game 107.1 (9th)
101.8 (3rd) Points Allowed Per Game 97.5 (1st)
37% (6th) 3PT Shooting % 32.1% (13th)
32.9% (3rd) Opponent 3PT Shooting % 33.2% (4th)
12.5 (5th) Turnovers per game 12.4 (4th)
4-7 Playoff O/U 2-9
8-3 Playoff ATS 7-4

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Boston Playoff leaders:

Jayson Tatum of the Celtics dribbles up the court
Jayson TatumPaul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jayson Tatum, F-G. – 28.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 6.1  APG, 1.2 SPG, 38.6% 3PT
  • Jaylen Brown, G-F. – 22.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.5 SPG, 37.3% 3PT
  • Al Horford, G. – 13.0 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.1 SPG, 52.4% FG


Miami Playoff leaders:

Jimmy Butler attacks the basket in the 2022 NBA Playoffs
May 10, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives the ball around Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) during the second half in game five of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jimmy Butler, SF:  28.7 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 5.4 APG, 2.1 SPG, 52.5% FG, 6.3 FTM/GM
  • Tyler Herro, PG:  13.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.9 APG, 27.3% 3PT
  • Bam Adebayo, C:  14.6 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, 59.4% FG

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