The Miami Heat scored the first bat in the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals, defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 1 by a margin of 118-107. The C’s will get another chance to steal the Heat’s home field advantage when Game 2 ends tonight.
See below how to watch this exciting basketball match plus an updated NBA playoff bracket 2022:
Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 Schedule
Date: Thursday May 19th
Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: FTX Arena, Miami, FL
TV channel: ESPN
Live broadcast: WatchESPN, ESPN App
2022 NBA Playoff Bracket
Miami earned first place on the east side of the 2022 NBA playoff bracket after an impressive 53-29 campaign. Since then, the club has racked up streaks of wins over the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers to reach the NBA version of the Final Four.
The Celtics finished the regular season a shadow behind Heat in NBA scoring, posting a respectable 51-31 record and earning second place in a three-way tiebreaker. They played a tough first-round opener against the Brooklyn Nets but defeated their Atlantic Division rivals before being tested by defending champions Milwaukee Bucks in seven games in the conference semifinals.
Boston now faces an uphill battle to even things out after appearing as underdogs again in Game 2. The latest 2022 NBA Playoffs odds are below, courtesy of FanDuel:
Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Odds
Spread: Heat -3.5
In total: Over-Under 207 points
money line: MIA -165, BOS +140
Heat vs. Celtics Game 2 Preview and Prediction
Miami had little trouble covering the five-point spread in the Eastern Conference Finals opener after eliminating a 62-54 halftime deficit and walking off the field with 39 points while holding its opponent at just 14 points in the third quarter.
Jimmy Butler was in superstar form Tuesday night, posting a game-high 41 points – his third 40-point performance in the 2022 NBA Playoffs – while grabbing 17 of 18 from the charity streak and adding nine boards and five assists, four steals and three blocks. He beat Celtics star Jayson Tatum, who led Boston by 29 points but hit just two of his nine attempts from beyond the arc.
The Heat’s superb three-point defense kept the Celtics from deep with just 11 makes on 34 tries. These teams have fielded the most efficient perimeter defenses this year — each allowing their opponents to connect just 33.8 percent of their threes in the regular season — and whichever side is better at holding the threes in this series will have a leg up Advancement to NBA Finals 2022.
Despite a tough performance in Game 1, expect Boston to recover strongly tonight.
The roster has recovered well from losing the 2022 NBA Playoffs. The C’s won straight away, covering the spread after each of their three losses to the Bucks.
Most importantly, Boston could get two key pieces back in the lineup. Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart is likely to return after a foot sprain after missing the first set, while Lynchpin center Al Horford is in doubt about staying in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
With Smart active, the Celtics will field a much more complete lineup for this competition. With Boston surpassing Miami by a 93-79 lead disregarding the third quarter, the visitors should be dialed in and ready to compete with their defensive anchor back in the crease over all 48 minutes.
Take the points in case that clash happens, but the Cs are the smart play against the spread in Game 2.
Choose: Celts +3.5
Forecast: Celtics 103 – Run 100