Young gun Tyler Herro was red-hot in Game 4 and with a career-high 37 points led the Heat to a win that gave them a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. They are facing once again the Boston in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics, who are with their backs against the wall now, need to bounce back, avoid elimination and live to fight another day.
Date/Time: 09-25-2020, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -3 Total: +213
Celtics finished the regular season with a 48-24 record (41-27-4 ATS). They were 3rd in the East. They have lost three of their last four matches. In their last game they lost by Miami in game 4, 109-112. They were a -3.5 favorite and didn’t beat the odds.
Jayson Tatum leads the team both in scoring with 25.5 ppg and in rebounding with 10.2 per game. Jaylen Brown adds 21.1 ppg and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Heat finished the regular season with a 44-28 record (36-35-2 ATS). They were 5th in the East. They have won four of their last five matches. In their last game they won Boston in Game four, 112-109. They were a 3.5-point underdog but managed to cover the spread.
Goran Dragic leads the team in scoring with 21.3 ppg, adding 4.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Jimmy Butler adds 20.8 ppg, 5.8 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
Heat leads the Celtics 4-3 wins this season.
Celtics have the best defense in the playoffs, allowing 102.7 ppg, while the Heat allow a third-best of 105.7.
Heat are better offensively (111.5 to 108.3 ppg) and in 3-point percentage (38% to 35.7%).
They are also better both in assists made (24.6 to 22) and in turnovers per game (13.7 to 14.4).
On the other hand, Boston is better both in field goal percentage (45.6% to 45.2%) and in rebounding (45.1 to 43.5).
Bookmakers give the Celtics a -3 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They are too good to go down 4-1 in the series and they will surely bounce back tonight and force a game 6.
Heat vs Celtics Game 5 Prediction: Boston Celtics -3 (-110)