Boston Celtics at Miami Heat Game 5 Betting Preview
With the Denver Nuggets waiting for the series winner, the Miami Heat (3-1) will look to close out the series as they travel to take on the Boston Celtics (1-3) on Thursday. The Celtics will host this one at the TD Garden, with tipoff scheduled for 8:30 pm ET.
The Celtics are favored in this one playing at home. They are -320 to win, while the Heat’s moneyline sits at +260. The spread features Miami +8.5 (-112), and the over/under for total points is 215.5.
Heat Hoping To Close This Series Out Thursday
After not getting the job done in Game 4, the Miami Heat would love nothing more than to get this series over on Thursday. Unfortunately for Miami, they will have to hit the road, where they were 17-24 this season.
Still, the Heat were able to take the first two games of this series on the road, so they should come into this one with confidence.
The Heat are led by Jimmy Butler. The 33-year-old small forward has averaged 29.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 2.1 steals per game over 14 games this postseason. He is hoping to give the Heat another heroic performance to clinch a spot in the NBA Finals.
Other contributors for the Heat include Bam Adebayo (17.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists), Gary Vincent (13.1 points, 4.1 assists), and Caleb Martin (12.9 points, 4.9 rebounds).
Celtics Look For Momentum At Home
Undoubtedly, the Boston Celtics have dug themselves quite the hole, but a win Tuesday have given them some momentum now that they head back to the TD Garden, where they were 32-9 during the regular season
In their 116-99 Game 4 win, the Celtics finally got a great game from forward Jayson Tatum. In 42 minutes, he went for 33 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.
For as well as Tatum played, the Celtics really need Jaylen Brown to step it up as well. In 37 minutes on Tuesday, he scored 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Other contributors for the Celtics this postseason include Marcus Smart (14.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists), Malcolm Brogdon (13.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists), and Derrick White (12.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, two assists).
Take Miami And The Points Thursday
Looking at the trends, the Heat are 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 games, and 4-1 in their last five games overall. In their last six games against the Celtics, they are 5-1 both straight up and against the spread.
For Boston, they are just 2-4 against the spread both in their last six games as the favorite and in their last six against Southeast Division teams. In their last 15 games, the OVER has hit in 11 of them.
Thursday will be fascinating to see how both of these teams respond. The Celtics looked like they were dead in the water going into Game 4, but a solid performance has given way to renewed hope.
For Miami, they not only have to regroup after their loss, but they have to do so on the road. While they are still in the driver’s seat, they obviously don’t want to give the Celtics anymore confidence.
It wouldn’t be shocking if Boston wins this one, but don’t expect it to be the same blowout as last time. For that reason, the best value is in taking the Heat +8.5 points on the spread (-112).