Miami Heat plays host to Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Heat finished two wins ahead of the Celtics to claim the #1 seed in the East, though it’s Boston who has bragging rights in the pair regular-season series, claiming two of three games, including an 18-point victory at the FTX Arena.
That being said, the Heat picked up the win in their last outing against Boston, with Jimmy Bulter and Kyle Lowry combining for 47 points.
It comes as no surprise that Butler has been the Heats’ go-to man during the postseason, the determined small forward has averaged 29-8-5 in the 10 playoff fixtures he has started while hounding opposition guards on D.
Boston enters this clash off the back of an extremely draining 7-game series against the Greek Freak, and although they won’t be faced with the task of stopping one of the top 3 players of the league, they will have to fight tooth and nail against a “HEAT Culture” outfit who will look to bully them off the floor.
I’m backing the Heat to claim game 1 on their home floor, with Jimmy to send a message to the Celt’s young core with a dominating performance.