The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics meet Thursday in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Miami Heat Betting Preview
The Miami Heat are averaging 113.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 29.9 points and 6.9 rebounds, while Bam Adebayo is averaging 17.6 points and 8.9 rebounds. Gabe Vincent is the third double-digit scorer and Caleb Martin is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.9 rebounds per game.
Boston Celtics Betting Preview
The Boston Celtics are averaging 114.2 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 28.1 points and 10.5 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 22.8 points and 3.4 assists. Marcus Smart is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game.
The Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-5 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 22-7 in Heat last 29 overall. The over is 11-3 in Celtics last 14 overall. The Heat are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Boston Celtics are going to be favored for obvious reasons at home, as they finally showed signs of life in game 4. You have to like the Celtics chances to extend this series yet again. However, the Heat has thrived in this role time and time again, as they're 10-3 ATS and 9-4 SU in their last 13 playoff games as an underdog. Also, 5 of the Celtics 8 playoff losses have come at home. Lots of points to leave on the table. Give me the points.