The back and forth series between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics continue in game 5 after the Boston Celtics grabbed the much-needed home win in game 4 to draw level terms. The first seed Miami Heat have the home-court advantage and will be looking to bounce back from a cold game 4 performance.
The match starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, 25 May 2022. The game time by GMT is 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 26. The match venue is FTX Arena, Miami, FL.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics (May 25) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics latest odds on betting sites
The Miami Heat money line odds are priced at 1.80 (-125 American; 4/5 Fractional), while the Boston Celtics money line odds are priced at 2.05 (+105; 21/20). This equals approximate probabilities of 55% against 45% respectively.
- Over 203.5 points — 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Under 203.5 points — 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Miami Heat -1.5: 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Boston Celtics +1.5: 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics match preview and statistics
The Heat started game 4 off the wrong foot, missing its first 14 field-goal attempts and were trailing by as much as 17 points 9 minutes into the first quarter. The Heat, who were without Tyler Herro, had a 20 points blowout loss handed to them by the Boston Celtics. Victor Oladipo was the man for the Heat with a team-high 23 points, coupled with 6 assists all from the bench.
Duncan Robinson, also from the bench, dropped 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals while Caleb Martin followed with 12 points and 6 boards.
Bam Adebayo, who couldn’t replicate his impressive display in game 3, had 9 points and 6 boards.
Team statistics: 30/90 (33.3%) field goals, 14/36 (38.9%) 3 pointers, 8/14 (57.1%) free throws, 22 assists, 39 total rebounds, 2 blocks, 4 steals, 9 turnovers, 26 fouls.
Miami Heat team news: P.J. Tucker, Gabe Vincent and Tyler Herro are on a day to day evaluation and are currently listed as questionable for the game.
The Celtics showed how much a win in game 4 meant to them in a dominating performance in game 4 where they got off to a hot start with an 18 - 1 run in the first 9 minutes of the first quarter. Although they were without Marcus Smart, the Celtics still played excellent defense against the Heat team owing to Robert Williams III’s return to the starting lineup.
Jason Tatum led the team with 31 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks while Payton Pritchard from the bench followed with 14 points
Derrick White added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists while Robert Williams III and Jaylen Brown both added 12 points while recording 9 and 7 rebounds respectively.
Team statistics: 31/78 (39.7%) field goals, 8/34 (23.5%) 3 pointers, 32/38 (84.2%) free throws, 21 assists, 60 total rebounds, 4 steals, 11 blocks, 9 turnovers, 15 fouls.
Boston Celtics team news: Sam Hauser is ruled out for the match while Robert Williams III and Marcus Smart are on a day to day evaluation and currently listed as questionable for the game.
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics H2H
The last time they met in the postseason was in the Eastern Conference finals of the 2020 playoffs and the Heat won the series 4-2. This series is at level terms 2-2.
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics lineups and key players
Miami Heat projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Kyle Lowry
- Shooting guard: Max Strus
- Small forward: Jimmy Butler
- Power forward: P.J Tucker
- Center: Bam Adebayo
Jimmy Butler is the key player to watch out for. He had a below-par performance in game 4 and the Heat’s offense was paralysed as things couldn’t get going for him. He has averaged 26.5ppg in the playoff and his offensive contribution is key to the Heat moving forward in the postseason.
Boston Celtics projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Derrick White
- Shooting guard: Jaylen Brown
- Small forward: Jayson Tatum
- Power forward: Al Horford
- Center: Robert Williams III
Jayson Tatum is the key player to watch out for. He bounced back from an awful game 3 performance in game 4 dropping 31 points to steal a much-needed win for the Celtics in game 4. He was the only one in the Celtics team with 20 plus points in game 4.
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics predictions and betting tips
The Celtics improved on their poor game 3 performance in game 4. They limited their turnovers to 4 less than their average turnovers in the postseason with 9 turnovers in game 4. The Celtics were also active in the paint and won the battle on the boards with 60 rebounds against the Heat’s 39 rebounds. Although the Celtics shot a poor 23.5% from the free throw, they made up for it by getting to the free-throw line more and scoring 32 points from the foul line.
The Miami Heat were passive on the offensive ends in game 4 as Jimmy Butler didn’t even go to the foul line in the game, compared to his average 7.6 free throw attempts per game. Also, none of the starting five dropped double digits in points which were highly unusual for the Heat team. Heading to the FTX Arena, the Heat will be more comfortable at home and will probably be more aggressive on the offensive ends but the Celtics will be expecting Marcus Smart back to the lineup to add to the Heat’s woes. I back the Celtics to win game 5. Predictions for this game are the Boston Celtics to win and over 203.5 points.
Betting prediction: Boston Celtics to win
Odds: 1.80 (-125 American; 4/5 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 203.5 points
Odds: 1.90 (-111 American; 10/11 Fractional)