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Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat NBA Pick Prediction 5/17/2022
Celtics at Heat—Marcus Smart questionable for Boston. Kyle Lowry doubtful for Miami. Miami eliminated the 76ers in six games after their 99—90 win in Game 2 back on Thursday. So, they have four days rest entering Game 1.
Boston eliminated Milwaukee in seven games winning 109-81 on Sunday. One day rest for Boston. Celtics did beat a tired looking Bucks team who eliminated Phoenix in six Games in last year’s NBA Finals which concluded on July 20th with the season pushed back.
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Milwaukee did not have the usual layoff after an NBA Finals which contributed to their fatigue look at the end of the series against the Celtics. Heat at home in the playoffs are averaging 117.7 points per 100 possessions while holding teams to 100.5 per 100. Celtics have performed well on the road in the postseason but not at the level of the Heat at home.
Miami is 6-0 at home in the playoffs shooting 48.9% from the field along with 36.9% from three. On the road in the playoffs the Celtics are shooting 45.5% along with 35.3% from beyond the arc. Rest advantage and home court will side with Heat here. Play Miami -1.5.
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