Miami Heat Vs Boston Celtics Live Stream Game 5 NBA Eastern Conference Finals
The Celtics were facing a critical moment in their playoff journey, desperately clinging to their fading hopes. However, they defied the odds and delivered a resounding performance in the Eastern Conference Finals, toppling the Heat 116-99 in Miami. This remarkable victory breathed new life into their season, granting them an additional 48 hours to fight tooth and nail for their playoff survival.
Now, the Celtics are preparing to return to their home court in Boston for a pivotal Game 5. The outcome of this crucial showdown will determine whether the Heat further solidify their dominance or if the Celtics inch closer to an extraordinary comeback. Here’s a breakdown of the upcoming matchup and what you should know.
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Matchup: No. 2 Celtics vs. No. 8 Heat Game Time: 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT
What are the odds for the Celtics vs. Heat?
Series Score: Heat leading 3-1
Series Odds: Heat -275, Celtics +225
In Game 4, the Celtics faced a critical juncture when they found themselves trailing 61-52 early in the third quarter. They had a choice to make: succumb to defeat as they did in Game 3 or summon the strength for a comeback, keeping their playoff dreams alive.
On that fateful night, the Celtics responded with a resounding display, outscoring the Miami Heat 66-43 in the second half. They unleashed a torrent of three-pointers and capitalized on transition opportunities, temporarily reclaiming the winning formula that had propelled them to success throughout the season.
The Celtics’ victory in Game 4 could be attributed, in part, to a regression in the shooting prowess of both teams. The Celtics went 18-for-45 from beyond the arc, compared to Miami’s 8-for-32. Despite this, the Heat managed to remain competitive until the middle of the fourth quarter. They draw confidence from their previous two wins at TD Garden in this series and take solace in the historical rarity of a team surrendering a 3-0 series lead.
Nevertheless, the market indicates that the Celtics are expected to extend the series by at least one more game. This is evident from the Celtics entering Game 5 as 7.5-point favorites. While this might come as a surprise, considering the scrutiny the Celtics faced after Game 3, their ability to ignite a three-point frenzy at any moment, coupled with the potential resurgence of underperforming players in their rotation and Jayson Tatum’s reputation in elimination games, positions them as a team capable of reigniting the competitive spirit in the series.
Interestingly, the Celtics have struggled to capitalize on home-court advantage in recent times, even dating back to their journey to the NBA Finals last year. In this year’s playoffs, they have a record of 4-5 straight-up and against the spread in Boston. Going back to the second round of last season, they hold an 8-11 record in their past 19 home playoff games.
Reversing this trend would require the Celtics to rescue their season and pile on the pressure against the Miami Heat, who are on the verge of scripting history as an eighth seed reaching the NBA Finals. However, it is undeniable that Jimmy Butler and his teammates will be fully prepared to confront the challenges that lie ahead.