We have officially entered the business end of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, as just four sides remain in the quest to be named the 2022 NBA Champions.
The Golden State Warriors will take on the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference finals, with the victor coming up against either the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics, who will meet in the Eastern Conference finals.
Here is everything you need to know about the Eastern Conference clash, including our predictions for who will be advancing to the 2022 NBA Finals.
The series will begin this Tuesday (March 17th), when the Boston Celtics travel to Miami to take on the Heat in Game 1.
The earliest the series can end is on Monday, May 23rd, that is if either side manages to complete a 4-0 series sweep. However given the fine form that the two sides take into the series, that seems unlikely.
The full series schedule is as follows:
Miami Heat (1) vs Boston Celtics (2)
- Game 1 (Miami) - Tuesday, May 17th
- Game 2 (Miami) - Thursday, May 19th
- Game 3 (Boston) - Saturday, May 21st
- Game 4 (Boston) - Monday, May 23rd
- Game 5 (Miami) - Wednesday, May 25th
- Game 6 (Boston) - Friday, May 27th
- Game 7 (Miami) - Sunday, May 29th
Where to Watch Heat vs Celtics (UK/US)
The US coverage of this Eastern Conference series will be split across a number of different sports platforms, which can be found below:
- Game 1 - ESPN
- Game 2 - ESPN
- Game 3 - ABC
- Game 4 - ABC
- Game 5 - ESPN
- Game 6 - ESPN
- Game 7 - ESPN
The Celtics and the Heat will meet in the Eastern Conference finals for the second time in the last three years, with the Heat coming out on top in their 2020 meeting inside the NBA Bubble.
Miami finished the regular season as the number one seed in the East and therefore they will have the home-court advantage should a Game 7 be required. However, we're siding with the Celtics in this series.
Boston has been the best side in the NBA since the turn of the year, and with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown hitting form at the back end of their second-round victory against the Bucks, they could take some stopping.
The Celtics have a slightly better range of attacking weapons, and with that in mind, we fancy them to get the job done and set up an NBA Finals clash against either the Warriors or the Mavericks.
RealSport Predicts: Boston in 6.