The Boston Celtics got off to a hot start against the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but it was the Heat that ended up turning things up a notch and emerging with a blowout victory. Now, the Celtics will look to even things up in Game 2, and we have you covered with our Celtics vs. Heat picks.
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Celtics vs Heat Game 2 prop picks
- Vincent Over 2.5 assists (-159)
- G. Williams Over 4.5 rebounds (+118)
- Strus Over 2.5 threes made (-161)
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Celtics vs Heat Game 2 props
Gifts from Gabe
With Kyle Lowry once again sidelined, there’s an opening for Vincent to play another 30 or so minutes against the Celtics. In Game 1, the 25-year-old had 17 points, three assists and three blocks, and he was a big part of Miami earning a victory. Now, he’ll once against serve as the Heat’s point guard, and his assist total looks rather low.
During the regular season, Vincent averaged 3.1 assists per game in 23.4 minutes per game. That was despite not playing significant minutes consistently for Miami until late November, so it’s entirely possible those averages would have been higher in a full season. Vincent was also sharing point guard duties all year, but there aren’t many people preventing him from getting on-ball opportunities in South Beach tonight.
Given how often the ball will be in his hands, it’s hard to see Vincent not having at least three dimes here. This is a guy that had a nine-assist game against the Celtics earlier in the year, and he had six dimes in Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers last series.
This number is just way too low, and it should be the first prop you take tonight.
PICK: Gabe Vincent Over 2.5 Assists (-159)
Grant on the glass
Last game, we backed Williams to hit the Over on 1.5 assists, and he ended up having a pair of dimes to help us cash in. Now, we’re looking to the boards, where winning the battle on the glass is going to be crucial for Boston. The Celtics are going to have to make more hustle plays than the Heat in order to even this series up, and that starts with a guy like Williams.
After grabbing five rebounds in Game 6 against the Milwaukee Bucks and then following it up with six in Game 7, we know that Williams is capable of using his big body and high basketball IQ to get himself in solid rebounding position. With Al Horford once again missing this game for the Celtics, Boston will look to Williams to be aggressive on the boards again.
The minutes are going to be there for the former Tennessee star, as he played 35 minutes in the series opener. He has now played at least 30 minutes in five of the last seven games, and Boston isn’t going to pull the plug on him now. The team needs his defense and floor spacing, even if he was a little wild offensively in Game 1.
At plus-money, it’s just hard to lay off this rebound total. The Celtics might play small when they go to Williams at the power forward spot, but they’ll need him to come up big.
PICK: Grant Williams Over 4.5 Rebounds (+118)
Don’t leave Strus
The Heat have the ability to find shooters anywhere, and they’ve now proven that with Duncan Robinson and Strus. Strus’ play is actually what forced Robinson out of the Miami rotation, and the former DePaul sniper is now playing massive minutes for the Heat. And with 12.4 points per game in 29.8 minutes per game in the playoffs so far, it’s pretty fair to say that Strus is delivering.
Strus hit 2.7 threes per game during the regular season, but he has actually upped that number to 3.0 in the postseason. He’s just not afraid to take and make big shots, and he gets a lot of good looks with teams paying close attention to a red-hot Jimmy Butler. Butler had 41 points in Game 1, so Boston is going to have to figure out a way to get the ball out of his hands. That’s more good news for Strus, who will be ready for any extra looks that come his way.
Overall, it’s hard to see Strus not drilling at least three triples — especially with it being a home game. He’s attempting 8.5 threes per game in the playoffs, and he has hit at least three triples in five of the last six games.
PICK: Max Strus Over 2.5 Threes Made (-161)
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