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Heat vs. Hawks series predictions in first round of 2022 NBA playoffs

Here’s an in-depth look at the matchup between Heat and Hawks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat hugs Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks after the game on January 14, 2022 at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida.
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The Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks will meet in the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs, with the Heat holding homecourt advantage as the East’s No. 1 seed. These division rivals played some tight contests this season, setting up the possibility for an exciting series. Here’s how the teams match up.

Heat vs. Hawks predictions

Odds to win series: Heat -370, Hawks +300
Regular season record: Heat 53-29, Hawks 43-39
Head-to-head record: Heat 3-1

Miami is heavily favored as the conference’s top seed and rightfully so. Even if the Heat aren’t blowing teams out routinely, they’ve established themselves as a solid unit on both ends of the floor. Miami is also far more consistent than Atlanta, which makes it tough to back the Hawks in this series.

Pick: Heat in 5 games

Trae Young is worth a game on his own, and the Hawks are capable of getting hot from behind the arc. However, this team will not be able to effectively defend Miami for a full series. The Heat will find an edge and exploit it. Miami’s defense will do enough to limit Young’s impact, so this should be a relatively short series.

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