The Boston Celtics are hanging by a thread in the Eastern Conference finals, as they are on the brink of elimination. Game five is a must win for them, while the Miami Heat will be hoping that game five will be when they book their spot in the NBA Finals. But, is there any hope that the Celtics could produce an unlikely turnaround?
When: Friday 25th September 2020
Where: AdventHealth Arena
How To Watch: NBA TV
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Game Five Odds
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Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Series Odds
Heat Closing In On Finals
The Heat are one win away from reaching the NBA Finals, where they could come up against ex-Miami star LeBron James. The LA Lakers will need to get past the resilient Denver Nuggets to set up that intriguing final, but the Heat can’t begin to look past their next game as the job isn’t done just yet. BetOnline.ag’s odds show how close they are to reaching the finals, as they are the heavy favourites following their game four success on Wednesday night.
There was history in that 112-109 win for the Miami for Tyler Herro, as he broke the Heat record for points scored in a playoff game by a rookie. Herro was mesmerising in the victory, as he scored 37 points, six rebounds and contributed three assists. Goran Dragic had been the decisive factor in the previous games, and once again he scored 22 points. Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, while Bam Adebayo finished with 20. Miami led from the first quarter, and survive the last challenge from the Celtics to claim the win.
Celtics On The Brink Of Elimination
Boston will know that their chances of reaching the finals are now hanging by a thread, as they face the improbable challenge of having to win the next three games to book their place. However, the Celtics certainly have the quality. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were once again the stars for the Celtics, as they scored 28 and 21 points respectively. Also, the Celtics outshot the Heat from beyond the arc and the field. However, the free throws conversions were the stat that separated the sides, as Heat scored 24 of their 27 chances.
This is the first time during the playoffs that the Celtics have been starring down the barrel of elimination, as they swept the Sixers before edging past the Raptors in the previous round in game seven. Brad Stevens is one of the best coaches in the NBA, and if anyone is going to get the Celtics out of this mess then it will be him. But, they will need to find a new gear from what we have seen during this series so far.
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Game Five Picks
The Heat have found something that nobody thought existing during this series, and they have emerged as possible NBA Champions. Miami have been on a different level throughout this series, and we predict that they will get the job done on Friday night.