The Celtics lived to fight another day with a game 5 win. They are now facing once again the Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami, who leads 3-2 wins, are looking to end the series, while Boston want to tie it and force a game 7. The winner of this series will face the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.
Date/Time: 09-27-2020, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat +3 Total: +214.5
Miami had a 44-28 record in the regular season (36-35-2 ATS) and were fifth in the East. They have lost two of their last three matches. In their last game they lost by the Celtics in Game 5, 108-121. They were a 3.5-point underdog and failed to beat the odds.
Goran Dragic leads the team in scoring with 21.4 ppg, adding 4.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Jimmy Butler adds 20.6 ppg, 6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
Boston had a 48-24 record in the regular season (41-27-4 ATS) and were third in the East. They have won two of their last three matches. In their last game they won Miami in game five, 121-108. They were a -3.5 favorite and managed to cover the spread.
Jayson Tatum leads the team both in scoring with 25.8 ppg and in rebounding with 10.2 per game. Jaylen Brown adds 21.5 ppg and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Both teams are tied 4-4 wins this season.
Celtics have the best defense in the playoffs, allowing 103.1 ppg to Miami’s 106.8.
They also have a better field goal percentage (45.6% to 45.2%) and grab more boards (45.4 to 43.1).
On the other hand, Heat score more points per game (111.3 to 109.1 ppg) and have a better 3-point percentage (37.9% to 35.8%).
They also dish more assists (24.8 to 22.4) and commit fewer turnovers (13.6 to 14.2).
Bookmakers give the Celtics a -3 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They will build on the momentum of their previous victory and will tie the series today.
Celtics vs Heat Game 6 Prediction: Boston Celtics -3 (-110)