Update: Al Horford has cleared protocols and will play, so the Celtics are getting two starters back for Game 2. This likely pushes the line closer to Miami -1 or Miami -1.5, but the Heat are still likely to be favored in this game.
The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will play Game 2 of the Eastern conference finals Thursday at FTX Arena in Miami. The game will tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN. The Heat took Game 1 of the series, 118-107, behind 41 points from Jimmy Butler. The Celtics will look to even the series tonight.
The Heat is currently 3.5-point favorites with the total set at 207. Odds are courtesy of DraftKings SportsBook.
Celtics vs. Heat, 8:30 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Boston +3.5
The Celtics went into halftime with a lead in Game 1 before the Heat went on a 22-2 run to start the third quarter. Jayson Tatum had 21 points in the first half before an abysmal third quarter. Boston had a similar performance in Game 1 of its series with the Milwaukee Bucks. Tatum should be more consistent in the game, and getting Marcus Smart back will be enough for the Celtics to cover.
Over/Under: Over 207
The Heat were carried by a huge second-half performance from Butler, and he isn’t likely to do that again. However, the rest of the team found some things that worked well. The Celtics should rebound with a nice performance offensively, and Tatum will look to redeem himself as well. The over hit in Game 1 by a big margin, and it should hit again with the line remaining a bit low.
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