Boston Celtics and Miami Heat met yesterday for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs. The Celtics had a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter but Miami was able to come back and force overtime. At the end of the game, a massive block by Bam Adebayo sealed the upset and Erik Spoelstra's team got a 117-114 win. Check out the highlights below.
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat: Preview
Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m ET for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2020 NBA playoffs. This exciting matchup will be followed by the ultimate thrill, as Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets are set to face off for a Game 7 right after. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about the game: head-to-head, match information, preview, and how to watch.
Brad Stevens' team held his own vs. the reigning champions and delivered when it mattered the most in Game 7. Now, their three-headed monster of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Kemba Walker may receive a huge boost from Gordon Hayward's return at some point in the series.
The Miami Heat lived up to their status as a dark horse by sweeping the Indiana Pacers and then knocking down the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in 5 games to come back to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2014.
Head-To-Head: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat
The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat have faced off 17 times in the NBA playoffs, with their most recent encounter in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. That time, the LeBron James-led Heat advanced to the NBA Finals after a 7-game thrilling series. That way, the Heat holds a 9-8 lead in their all-time rivalry in the playoffs.
Match Information: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat
Date: Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. PT
Location: HP Field House, Orlando
Gordon Hayward: Ankle, Out indefinitely
Jaylen Brown: Groin (Questionable), Day-to-day
Vincent Poirier: Personal, Day-to-day
Javonte Green: Knee, Targeting late-September
Chris Silva: Pelvis, Out indefinitely
Gabe Vincent: Shoulder, Day-to-day
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Game 1: Predictions And Odds
It seems like oddsmakers expect the Boston Celtics to hit first in the Eastern Conference Finals, as they enter this game as 1.5-point favorites. Unsurprisingly, they're expecting it to be a low-scoring affair, with the game total projected at just 209.5 points.
|Handicap||Celtics -1.5||Celtics -1|
|Game Total||o/u 209.5||o/u 209.0|
* Odds via DraftKings & FanDuel
How Can I Watch Or Live Stream Free Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Game 1 In The U.S?
Game 1: Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 PM (ET), 3:30 PM (PT), Miami Heat at Boston Celtics: ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN app, and NBA League Pass.
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