NBA Playoffs: The Boston Celtics are back!

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It’s the middle of the Eastern Conference Finals, and the Boston Celtics are on a two-game win streak.  The 2nd Seed, Boston Celtics (57-25, 25-16 Away) are down 3-2 games against the 8th Seed Miami Heat (44-38, 27-14 Home), and will face elimination again. These two teams will play tomorrow at 8:30 PM EST, at the Kaseya Center, located in Miami, Florida. For the record, teams that are 0-3 in the NBA Playoffs have a record of 0-149. In addition, the matchup will air on TNT. If you are looking for the best betting odds and stats, here is information to know:

NBA Championship Odds:

Boston Celtics: +295.
Miami Heat: +550.
*The Celtics championship odds were +1600 before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. *

Player Series Prop: Celtics vs. Heat:

Boston Celtics: +115.
Miami Heat: -135.

Game 5 Summary and Betting odds:

NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat.

Miami Heat 97 vs. Boston Celtics 110.
Betting Odds: Boston -8.5, Over/Under 215.
Betting Results: Boston Money Line, Boston -8.5, UNDER.

Game 5 Summary:

Unlike the first three games of the series, the Boston Celtics struck early, and established dominance on both sides of the ball. On paper, the Heat and the Celtics matched up offensively. In fact, Boston outrebounded Miami by a slight margin, and the Heat scored more points inside the paint and off turnovers. The Celtic’s ability to hit their shots and play defense were two key factors for Game 5.

Offensively, Boston took charge early, and shot 50 Percent from the Field, and 41 Percent from the Three. Without Gabe Vincent, the Heat shot 51 percent from the Field, and 39 Percent from the Three. At one point, Boston led by 24 Points, in which Miami never had a lead.

The Boston Celtics played elite defense in Game 5, in which Marcus Smart led with 5 steals. In addition, all five of the Celtics starters had at least one steal, which led to 16 Heat turnovers. Out of those turnovers, Bam Adebayo created 6 turnovers for Miami. With exceptional defense, Boston was able to hold Jimmy Butler to 14 Points, and +/- 24 on the court. The Celtics did an incredible job of guarding the perimeter and forcing other players to take shots.   Boston played disciplined basketball, and only had 9 total team fouls. The Celtics benched their starters by the 4th Quarter, where Miami outscored Boston by 5.

Player Prop Outcomes:

Boston’s core starters stepped up big, considering Malcom Brogdon left the game due to a partially torn tendon in his forearm. In fact, four of the Celtics starters had 20 plus points.

Jayson Tatum: UNDER 29.5 Points.

Although Jayson Tatum struggled from the Three again, he utilized ways to attack the basket, and make plays for his teammates. Although he finished 1-6 from the Three, he tallied 21 Points, 11 Assists, and 8 Rebounds. If Jayson Tatum continues to struggle in Game 6, it will be crucial for them to facilitate through him to create the plays.

Derrick White: OVER 2.5 Three.

Derrick White is arguably one of the most consistent shooters for the Celtics in the NBA Playoffs. White is shooting 48 percent from the Three-Point and is averaging 39.1 Percent from the Three against Miami this series. In addition, he’s averaging 3.6 made threes a game, and has an average of 6.2 attempted threes. Boston will need Derrick White to continue his hot shooting, especially if Tatum continues to struggle. Whether it’s a corner three or on the hash, Derrick White is a fantastic spot up shooter.

Jimmy Butler: Under Points.

It was evident the Celtics defense held Butler to 14 Points in Game 5. Jimmy Butler shot 50 Percent from the field, and 0-2 from the Three. Furthermore, Butler only attempted 10 Shots, and Boston forced other players to shoot the ball. Derrick White is a fantastic two-way guard who was all over Jimmy, along with Jason Tatum.

Butler stated the Heats poor shooting percentage led to a lack of defense.

"The last two games are not who we are," Butler said. "It just happened to be that way. We stopped playing defense halfway because we didn't make shots that we want to make. But that's easily correctable. You just have to come out and play harder from the jump (MSN)”

Duncan Robinson: Over Points (18).

It’s no secret the Miami Heat are playing without injured star players, such as Tyler Herro, Victor Oladipo, and Gabe Vincent. Although Kyle Lowry got the start in place of Vincent, it was Robinson who stepped up for the Heat. Duncan Robinson shot 2-3 from the Three, and 7-10 from the field. Although his role diminished this season, Robinson earned an extension in 2020-2021, and has playoff experience. In addition, both Robinson and Bam Adebayo have chemistry, and they work well together on the floor. Not only did Robison contribute points wise, but he also accounted for 9 of their 20 assists. Erik Spoelstra is an excellent coach who finds unique ways for his team to win, regardless of who is on the floor.

Game 6 odds:

NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat.

Boston: -145, -3.
Miami: +125, +3.
Over/Under: 211.

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