Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Game 5 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals betting preview and prediction

The Eastern Conference Finals are getting to a critical stage with the two teams tied at 2-2, so we expect some exciting duels in the remaining games of the Celtics vs Heat series in these NBA playoffs.

The Celtics failed to keep the break they made in Game 2 in Miami due to their loss in Game 3, but Boston quickly bounced back and they were furious in Game 4, blowing the Heat in a convincing fashion. The status of Marcus Smart, who missed Game 4, is still unclear, with Robert Williams III also potentially out with a knee injury he is carrying throughout the playoffs, but he is probable.

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Matchup Info

  • Matchup: Atlantic vs Southeast
  • Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2022
  • Venue: FTX Arena
  • Location: Miami, FL
  • TV-Time: ESPN – 8:30 p.m. ET

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Game 5 Analysis and Prediction

Boston Celtics Betting Analysis

  • SU: 61-36
  • ATS: 54-41-2
  • O/U: 47-48-2

Miami Heat Betting Analysis

  • SU: 63-34
  • ATS: 55-41-1
  • O/U: 54-43

As we expected after that performance in Game 4, the two teams are pretty much even when it comes to odds for Game 5, despite the Heat having the home-court advantage in this game. At the moment, the Celtics are priced at -120 on money line, while the odds on the Heat on money line are set at +100.

Meanwhile, the line for points total remains low, but since Game 4 was the first one to go under and by more than 20 points, the line even dropped a bit from 207.5 to 203.5 total points. This was the starting point before the series started and it is pretty low, but these are two teams that can play amazing defense.

If any series so far has been unpredictable in these playoffs, it’s this series. The two teams failed to show consistency and we’ve seen drastic shifts in their performances not just from game to game, but from quarter to quarter. Overall, the two teams are tied and the Heat have the advantage of the home court.

But we can see that changing after Game 5 since we can see the Celtics winning this game. Although they have been far from consistent, the Celtics only lost three quarters in the first four games, and one of them was the fourth quarter in the last game, which was already over by then. So, go with the Celtics on money line in this game.

After the first three games of the series have gone over the line for total points, to our huge surprise, the last game has gone well below the line despite the fact that the line was set at 207.5 total points. Now the line once again drops to where it was ahead of Game 1, which is 203.5 total points.

Now, we don’t like that. We feel it’s too low and even a solid shooting night from one team could push the total points over that line. But we can’t bet on over since these two teams have shown amazing defensive abilities in these playoffs. So, we are sticking with under for Game 5 as well.

Predictions:

Boston Celtics ML and Under 205.5

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