The Boston Celtics earned themselves a date with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals after their thrilling Game 7 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Miami is an early 1.5-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
But a spread bet is far from the only way to wager on the ECF. Here are three of the best prop bets to make ahead of Celtics-Heat Game 1.
Celtics vs Heat Player Props Game 1
3. Jayson Tatum - Assists: Over 5.5 (+114)
Jayson Tatum has taken a real leap as a playmaker. His improved facilitating is one of the primary reasons why the 2022 Celtics are more formidable than the 2020 Celtics that lost to the Heat in the ECF. Tatum is averaging 6.1 APG this postseason and he's cleared this mark in 6 of his 11 appearances. Plus, with Marcus Smart listed as questionable to suit up, Tatum might have to do more playmaking than usual in Game 1. Getting this juiced at plus odds is just the cherry on top.
2. Bam Adebayo - Rebounds: Under 8.5 (+100)
This line is just a bit too high. Bam Adebayo isn't the elite rebounder you might assume he is, averaging 7.7 boards per game in the postseason while recording 8 or fewer in seven of those 11 contests. It's tough to envision Bam improving his rebounding against the Celtics, who are better on the glass than anyone Bam has faced in the postseason. Boston finished with the fourth-most rebounds per game, while Atlanta and Philly were bottom-11 squads in that regard.
1. Al Horford - Points: Under 10.5 (-106)
Al Horford looks gassed right now, but who can blame him? The 35-year-old was asked to chase around the best player in the world all series against Milwaukee. He did an excellent job against Giannis Antetokounmpo, but that matchup has taken its toll. After delivering a virtuoso performance with a 30-point Game 4, Horford scored 8 points or fewer in three subsequent outings, averaging 5.3 PPG. Horford will still contribute as a rebounder, playmaker, and defender, but expect him to leave the scoring to players with fresher legs.