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Heat vs Celtics Game 5 Preview

The Miami Heat will try to get back into the win column on Tuesday night as they take on the Boston Celtics as home favorites at the sportsbooks in Game 5 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals.

And they may get center Chris Bosh back, which will influence the Heat Celtics point spread. He was upgraded to day-to-day yesterday after Miami called his injury 'indefinite' for ythe past three weeks.

The Celtics won Game 4 of the series in Boston as underdogs on Sunday night to tie up the best-of-seven set at two wins apiece heading into Game 5. Rajon Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists.

Miami battles the Celtics, currently with a 39-27 mark (34-31-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 25-39-2 for the Heat and 29-37 for the Celtics.

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Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Heat in this one will find them as 8-point favorites at TopBet, while the total was sitting at 180 at shops such as Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Heat rated this week at No. 5 and the Celtics sitting at No. 17. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 99-96 result in favor of the Heat today.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 7-ranked offense (98.5 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 2 at 89.3 PPG. The Heat have averaged 46.9% from the field per game, more than the Celtics have managed so far this season (46% on average).

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 94.3 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the league in scoring at home.

The Heat were a 93-91 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Celtics. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (184) made winners of OVER bettors. The Heat wasted a 29-point performance from LeBron James as Boston ran past them 93-91 on Sunday at TD Garden.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Miami are 5-5
After playing Miami are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Boston are 8-2
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

 

A few Celtics at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Miami
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games
Miami is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games

Next up:
Boston home to Miami, Thursday, June 7
Miami at Boston, Thursday, June 7

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