- The Miami Heat have +145 chances to beat the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
- This is the Miami Heat’s seventh appearance in the Conference Finals since 2006.
- The Heat are 6-0 in the Conference Finals since 2006.
MIAMI – After finishing as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, a top-five defense in the league, and with the sixth-highest point differential in the league, the Miami Heat find themselves as the Boston Celtics underdogs in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Legal online betting sites opened the price of the series with Boston was a -200 favorite while Miami had a +170 chance to win. They have since changed with the public splits favoring Miami on the spread at 52% betting and 56% from the handle as they opened Game 1 as 2-point favorites.
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat ECF Series Awards
- Boston Celtics -170
- miami heat +145
Trending towards Miami
Regardless of the Heat opening as an underdog in the series heading into Game 1, there is a serious trend that bolsters their chances of winning the NBA playoff series. That’s because the Heat have gone 6-0 in their six Eastern Conference Finals series since 2006.
In those six appearances, two of them came where Miami entered as an underdog. The first being in 2006 when they were +205 underdogs at the Detroit Pistons and more recently in 2020 when they had +110 odds against the Boston Celtics. Miami won both series with a score of 4-2.
2020 was Miami’s second Conference Finals appearance against Boston since 2006. The Heat defeated Boston in the 2012 Conference Finals 4-3 after being favored to win the series with -530 odds.
Besides their two series against Boston and their first underdog series against the Pistons, the Heat have been favored in their other three ECF series since 2006. They had -190 odds of beating the Chicago Bulls in 2011, -850 odds of winning their series with the Indiana Pacers in 2013, and -380 against the Pacers once again in 2014.
Defend the home court
The Heat have another trend to watch, and that comes when they have home-court advantage in every playoff since 2011. Since 2011, Miami has had home-court advantage in 14 different playoff series and won all 14 of them.
Their home streak extended into their last two playoffs in this year’s playoffs as they beat the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers.
With both trends extremely strong and the odds starting to shift slightly in favor of Miami, entering Heat odds right now with positive odds could offer a massive profit compared to what it will be if it wins Game 1.
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