The Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 saw the Miami Heat take the lead in the series against the Boston Celtics. It is once again turning out to be an uncertain contest with the heat involved once again. The Celtics were favored going into the game against the Heat. With the Heat once again causing an upset, it looks as if the Heat are ready for any team in the Playoffs.
With the Miami Heat leading the Boston Celtics 1-0, they’ve got their opponents right where they want them to be. Jimmy Butler continues to show why he is one of the best shooting forwards in the league. The Boston Celtics fell short against the Heat in a tightly contested game, however, were unable to win at home.
Jayson Tatum is fit to lead the Boston Celtics against the Miami Heat for Game 2
The Celtics are led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who are the Cetics’ two best players. However, Tatum is the one who is forcing the issue for the Celtics. He put up a 30-point game against the Heat. With such a display, Tatum would be upset with the loss. However, for Game 2 he is listed as an active player, and will once again force the issue for the Celtics.
The Heat, despite all the injury setbacks in the regular season, have emerged as strong contenders for the title. Their title charge could have been a lot stronger if Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo would’ve not been injured. Unfortunately for the Heat, they will have to do without them both, as they are out for the remainder of the season. Let’s take a look at the complete injury report and expected roster of both teams.
Boston Celtics injury report
- Danilo Gallinari (Out)
- Malcolm Brogdon (Probable)
Boston Celtics expected roster
- Jaylen Brown
- Jayson Tatum
- Al Horford
- Marcus Smart
- Derrick White
Miami Heat injury report
- Omer Yurtseven (Questionable)
- Victor Oladipo (Out)
- Tyler Herro (Out)
Miami Heat expected roster
- Kevin Love
- Jimmy Butler
- Bam Adebayo
- Max Strus
- Gabe Vincent
The Boston Celtics will be favored to tie the series against the Miami Heat
Despite going down 1-0 against the Heat in Game 1, the Celtics roster will have all to work for. Once again the predictions are highly in favor of the Celtics, with whom we will go. ESPN analytics predict an 83.3 % chance for the Celtics to win Game 2. Tatum and Brown are their leading scorers and will be motivated to tie the series before heading to Miami. In the last game, the Celtics lost a close race, 123-116.
Although the Heat made a comeback in the 3rd quarter, it was the Celtics who finished the half in the lead. Losing their grip on the lead cost them heavily, which saw the Heat push for the win. It is hard to deny the form of Butler who is causing all sorts of problems to his opponents. Hence, for this reason, the game can go either way. However, we will go with the Celtics for the win.