The Best of the Day preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference between Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

NBA Playoffs Tips – Boston Celtics V Miami Heat

09:00 (AEST) @ AdventHealth Arena, Orlando

History: Played 141: Celtics 83 V Heat 58

Last meeting: September 16, 2020: Heat 117 d Celtics 114 (OT) at HP Field House

Final thoughts: If the series opener was any indication, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are set to take NBA fans and punters on a riveting rollercoaster in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Best of the Day preview runs the rule over the combatants ahead of Game 2.

The Heat went up 1-0 with a 117-114 overtime victory. The Celtics led by 12 at three-quarter time but Tyler Herro (12 pts, 11 reb, 9 ast) and Jimmy Butler (20 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast) came up with some huge plays down the stretch in the fourth.

‘Jimmy Buckets’ produced a miraculous and-1 for what would be the game-winner with 12 seconds of OT left. But Bam Adebayo (18 pts, 6 reb, 9 ast) stole the headlines and highlight reels with a stunning block on Jayson Tatum to save the Heat from another period of overtime.

Tatum had 30 points and 14 rebounds but also missed game-winning attempts in the fourth quarter and OT. Celtics linchpin Kemba Walker (19 pts, 6 ast) came up with some top-shelf plays late in the game, while Marcus Smart scored 26 points.

Goran Dragic (29 pts, 7 reb) top-scored for Miami and Jae Crowder (22 pts, 5 reb) also impressed.

There was very little between the teams, besides the Heat’s prevalence in the clutch moments. And while the Celtics are very capable of taking out this series, the Heat’s depth and balance is elevating them as a genuine Championship threat with every outing.

Miami are very tough to resist as a Best of the Day underdog.

Tip: Handicap – Heat +2.5 @ $1.90