Miami Heat at Boston Celtics odds, picks and predictions

The Miami Heat (1-0) and Boston Celtics (1-0) square off in a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night. Tip from TD Garden is set for 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN). Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around the Heat vs. Celtics odds and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.

Season series: Tied 2-2 in regular season last year; Heat defeated Celtics 4-3 in the playoffs

The Heat return to the spot they annihilated the Celtics in Game 7 103-84 to advance to the NBA Finals. They had a close call in their season opener as they staved off the young Detroit Pistons 103-102. Miami had a 19-point lead and nearly squandered it. F Jimmy Butler had 19 points, 13 boards and 4 assists.

The Celtics pushed as 4-point favorites in a 108-104 victory over the New York Knicks in their season opener. F Jayson Tatum had 34 points and 11 boards. But it was newcomer C Kristaps Porzingis that stole the show with 30 points, 8 boards and 4 blocks.

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