Heat vs. Celtics 2023 NBA Playoffs Game 5 Odds and Preview – May 25th

By Jeff Stinger

The Boston Celtics live to fight another day after surviving a sweep at the hands of the Miami Heat. They now return to the TD Garden to force a Game 5 and have to keep the momentum moving forward. Game 4 ended well in favor of the visitors. After Miami pulled off back-to-back road wins, this is the only way to breathe life into Boston’s lineup.

Last night’s final score ended well in favor of the second-best Eastern Conference team, winning the game by 17 points. We know that coach Spo and his crew are more than capable of completing road wins, which means there’s no room for error for the upcoming hosts.

Nitrobetting is ready to dish out key assists and lob passes with betting tips and news coverage throughout the 2023 NBA Playoffs. We break down the upcoming playoff showdown between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

Celtics vs. Heat Game 5 Information

  • When: Thursday, May 25, 2023, 8:30 PM ET
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • TV: TNT
  • Radio: 560 The Joe WQAM (Heat) // 98.5 The Sports Hub (Celtics)
  • Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Odds: Celtics (+7.5) / Heat (-7.5)

Why Bet on the Miami Heat?

Game 4’s hosts suffered from poor shooting starting as the second half took off. Miami shot 43.6% from the field and 25.0% from deep. Following incredible performances from downtown, the Heat misfired solid opportunities and hit only eight of their 32 looks beyond the three-point line. Moreover, the hosts weren’t as aggressive in their earlier meetings despite ending the night as the better free-throw shooters.

Jimmy Butler was Miami’s leading scorer with 29 points on nine of 21 shooting and ten of 12 from the line. Starting big man Bam Adebayo added ten points and five rebounds, while Gabe Vincent had 17 points, four dimes, and a rebound. Caleb Martin is the only other double-digit scorer on the squad with 16 points off the bench.

Miami still holds impressive playoff statistics. They average 114.9 points on 48.0% from the field in 14 games. As a team, the squad hits 38.8% of their attempts from downtown. Defensively, the Play-In Tournament winners average 40.6 boards, 7.9 steals, and 4.2 blocks per game. Furthermore, the squad protects the ball better and limits their turnovers to 11.4 versus the Celtics’ 12.2 per game.

Why Bet on the Boston Celtics?

Boston proved they were the better team this time and completed the Game 4 victory. If this sets things in motion, we might find the series stretching to a few more meetings. Their next clash with Miami also means that the Boston crowd is there to cheer them on. We are set to witness a more confident Celtics lineup come Game 5.

Jayson Tatum showed up for the C’s for the first time since the Heat vs. Celtics series took off. He scored 33 points on 14 of 22 shooting and drained one of his two free-throw attempts. The rest of the starting lineup provided quality backup. Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Derrick White, and Marcus Smart recorded double-digit figures and scored no less than 11 points. Grant Williams redeemed himself following a string of mediocre performances and scored 14 points, six rebounds, and a pair of assists off the bench.

Boston and Miami have similar postseason figures. As a team, the Celtics averaged 114.1 points on 48.2% from the field in 16 games. The upcoming hosts are slightly behind on three-point shooting at 37.7%. But, last year’s finalists do have solid rebounding numbers at 43.6 total boards and a playoff-best 6.4 blocks per game.

Celtics vs. Heat Betting Trends

  • Miami won three of their last five playoff road contests (4-1 ATS).
  • The Heat are 3-2 in their last five postseason meetings with the Celtics (3-2 ATS).
  • The totals have gone over in four of the Heat’s last five playoff road games.
  • The Celts are 5-5 in their last ten playoff home games (5-5 ATS).
  • The Celtics lost three of their last five playoff games at TD Garden (2-3 ATS).
  • The totals have gone under in two of Boston’s last five playoff home contests.

Celtics vs. Heat Game 5 Expert Betting Prediction

The Celtics came out on top and made a statement after falling behind three games. Their winless streak stopped as they outplayed Miami in almost all aspects of the game. It was great to see them bounce back from a worrying three-game deficit. Although the Heat has already shown in this series that they are the better closing team, there’s no reason for the series leaders to put their guard down, especially when they enter the TD Garden on Thursday night.

We all know covering the spread should be easy for Miami. They recently won two games in a hostile environment and can maintain pace until the dying minutes of a game. A win is never out of the question here. Meanwhile, the Celtics are in dire need of another quality performance to follow up the Game 4 win. Home advantage means they are the favorites, but don’t leave the Heat out of the conversation yet.

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