The eighth-seeded Heat will try to win their third consecutive Game 1 in this year’s NBA playoffs against the second-seeded Celtics in the opening title of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT). These two teams played each other last year in the Eastern Conference Finals, with the Celtics prevailing in seven games.
Led by Jimmy Butler’s 24.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game, Miami took care of the Knicks in the six games in their second-round series. Bam Adebayo also had a strong series, recording 18.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. As for the Celtics, they went the distance against the Sixers but won decisively in Game 7. Jayson Tatum had a historic Game 7 performance (51 points) and ended the series averaging 29 points, 11.1 rebounds, and five assists per game. However, he didn’t do it alone, as Jaylen Brown also played well (22.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 3.7 APG).
If basketball fans want to bet on more big performances from Butler, Adebayo, Tatum, or Brown, they can do so with SuperDraft. On SuperDraft, bettors can pick an over/under on two or more player props. If you hit both, you win up to 3X the amount wagered, and the return increases each time you add another prop. Think of it as a “Same Game Parlay.” More legs equal more risk, but also a bigger potential payout. However, not all players have the same props, so keep that in mind as you pick your over/under plays and try to win some cash during tonight’s game.
SuperDraft Player Prop Picks for Heat-Celtics Game 1
Jayson Tatum, SF, Celtics – OVER 9.5 rebounds
The Celtics will be looking for Tatum to score in Game 1, but if he can continue to wreak havoc on the boards, it could be the difference in a win or loss. Everyone marveled at Tatum’s 51 points in Game 1, but most fans glossed over his 13 rebounds. For the series, he averaged 11.1 rebounds and had five games with double-digit boards.
Throughout the postseason, Tatum is recording 10.6 rebounds per game and has gone OVER 9.5 rebounds in nine out of his past 13 contests. The Heat have Adebayo and Kevin Love in the frontcourt, but that shouldn’t stop Tatum, who averaged 10.5 rebounds per game in the regular season against Miami.
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Max Strus, SF, Heat – OVER 12 points
Strus struggled mightily in the first round against the Bucks, scoring 6.4 points per game. However, the 27-year-old shooting guard stepped up in the second round against the Knicks, scoring 14.6 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting from the field and 35.4 percent from three.
For the Heat to win this series, they will need second-round Strus to show up and knock down some huge shots, as they are still without Tyler Herro (hand). In this year’s postseason run, Strus has gone OVER 12 points in five out of his past 10 games. In four regular-season meetings against the Heat, he averaged 10.5 points per game and scored more than 12 points twice.
Malcolm Brogdon, PG, Celtics – OVER 14.5 points
The Celtics will look for Brogdon to be a spark off the bench. The 30-year-old combo guard is scoring 14.8 points per game while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from three-point range in the postseason. Brogdon can get to this number in a blink of an eye if he makes a few three-pointers early in Game 1.
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year has gone OVER 14.5 points in seven out of 13 playoff games this season. He averaged just 11.3 points per game in three games against Miami this year but shot 42.3 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from three-point range. Brogdon is scoring 13.4 points per game at home during the playoffs, but that will not deter us, as he’s integral to Boston’s success.
Jimmy Butler, SF, Heat – UNDER 40.5 points + rebounds + assists
It might be crazy to take Butler UNDER 40.5 points, rebounds, and assists, as we know he can have a 40-point outburst in any game. However, he’s gone UNDER 40.5 points + rebounds + assists in seven out of 11 playoff games this season.
We know Butler can do it all on the floor, but sometimes he has to be Miami’s primary scorer, which means he can’t clean up on the boards or set up his teammates as much. In Game 1, Boston might try to force other guys to be the first/second scorers, which limits Butler in the PRA department. In two regular-season contests against the Celtics, he’s produced 43 and 30 points + rebounds + assists, respectively.