Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 25 (5/25): NBA

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 25 (5/25): NBA

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Time 8:30 p.m. EST
Celtics money line -125
Celtics spread -1.5 (-110)
Heat money line +105
Heat spread +1.5 (-110)
Over / under 203.5

2021-2022 season stats

  Boston Celtics Miami Heat
Record 61-36 63-34
Road / home record 28-20 36-13
Streak W1 L1
Points per game 111.39 109.68
Points allowed per game 104.41 104.61
Rebounds per game 45.50 43.44
Rebounds allowed per game 43.59 41.20
Over / under record 48-48-1 53-43-1


The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics will play the Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the FTX Arena on Wednesday night. The Celtics took the win in Game 4. Tatum scored 31 points and Boston took its turn pounding Miami early, jumping out to a 26-4 lead and cruising to a 102-82 victory that evened the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics have won 3 of their last 5 games and are 28-20 on the road with a 61-36 record ranking second in the Atlantic Division. The Celtics are 43-24 in Eastern Conference games. Boston is fifth in the Eastern Conference scoring 111.39 points while shooting 45.5% from the field.

Tatum is scoring 26.9 points per game with 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is averaging 22.1 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 48.8% over the last 10 games for Boston.

In the playoffs, the Celtics are 10-5, averaging 108.8 points, 41.3 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 7.1 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.1 points.

Miami Heat 

The Heat have won 4 of their last 6 games and are 36-13 at home, they have a 63-34 record overall ranking first in the Southeast. The Heat have gone 45-22 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami leads the league in 3-point percentage, shooting 37.9% as a team from downtown this season. Victor Oladipo paces the team shooting 41.7% from 3-point range.

Duncan Robinson is shooting 37.2% from beyond the arc with 2.9 made 3-pointers per game for the Heat, while averaging 10.9 points. Butler is averaging 27 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.2 steals over the past 10 games for Miami.

In the playoffs the Heat are 10-5, averaging 105.9 points, 41.5 rebounds, 21.8 assists, 8.1 steals and 3 blocks per game while shooting 46.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 100.7 points per game.

INJURIES: Herro and Lowry are questionable.


Boston are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games.

Boston are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 10 of Miami's last 14 games against Boston.

Miami are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games at home.


The Celtics destroyed Miami in Game 4 beating them by a 20 pts margin. In the last game played in Miami the Celtics outscored the Heat 127-102 and with Tyler Herro in jeopardy to return for Game 5, Miami will be again in big trouble. Marcus Smart is questionable for Boston but they have actually played better without him. Give me the Celtics to cover.

PICK: Celtics -1.5 (-110)

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