Celtics-Heat predictions: Roundup of expert picks for Eastern Conference Finals


The Boston Celtics are in the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth time in the last six seasons, and for the second time the Miami Heat are standing in their way on the path toward the NBA Finals.

The Celtics won two of the three meetings during the regular season, but the Heat have home court advantage in this series. Game 1 is scheduled for Tuesday night at FTX Arena. Since 1984, the team that wins Game 1 in the conference finals has won the series 81.6 percent of the time.

Simulation: Who will advance between the Heat and Celtics from the ECF?

This series represents the sixth time since 2014 that the top two seeds in the East are meeting in the conference finals. The No. 2 seed has won four of the previous five series, which bodes well for Boston.

  • 2019: No. 2 Toronto def. No. 1 Milwaukee
  • 2017: No. 2 Cleveland def. No. 1 Boston
  • 2016: No. 1 Cleveland def. No. 2 Toronto
  • 2015: No. 2 Cleveland def. No. 1 Atlanta 
  • 2014: No. 2 Miami def. No. 1 Indiana    

Oddsmakers have made the Celtics the favorites to eliminate the Heat and advance to the NBA Finals. What do the experts think?

Here's a roundup of predictions for the Celtics vs. Heat conference finals series.

Chris Forsberg, NBC Sports Boston: Celtics in 6

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: Celtics in 6

Ricky O'Donnell, SB Nation: Celtics in 6

Tim Bontemps, ESPN: Celtics in 6

Nick Friedell, ESPN: Celtics in 7


Tim MacMahon, ESPN: Celtics in 6

Bobby Marks, ESPN: Heat in 6

Mark J. Spears, ESPN: Celtics in 7

Jay King, The Athletic: Celtics in 6

Andy Bailey, Bleacher Report: Celtics advance