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Sport 2020 NBA Playoffs: Celtics vs. Heat odds, picks, Game 5 predictions from model on 61-33 roll

04:36  26 september  2020
04:36  26 september  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead

  Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Down by 14 in Game 1, the Miami Heat found a way. © APWF Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) celebrates after sinking a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Down by 17 in Game 2, they did it again Thursday night. And after making the Boston Celtics lose another big lead on the court - as well as their cool in the postgame locker room - the unheralded Heat are two wins away from the NBA Finals.

The latest Celtics vs . Heat odds from William Hill list Boston as the three-point favorite. The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it's already returned It entered the week on a blistering 61 - 33 run on top-rated NBA spread picks , returning almost ,500

Before making any Heat vs . Celtics picks , be sure to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine's The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it's already returned It entered the week on a blistering 61 - 33 run on top-rated NBA spread picks , returning almost ,500

The 2020 NBA Playoffs continue on Friday with Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics inside the NBA bubble in Orlando. The Heat lead the series 3-1 after an epic performance from 20-year-old Tyler Herro in Game 4 on Wednesday. Herro is the youngest player remaining in the postseason, but he took over with a game-high 37 points and Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo all joined him with at least 20 points in the 112-109 victory.

Boston Celtics' keys for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals

  Boston Celtics' keys for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Here are three things to watch for Saturday night as the Celtics take on the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Can the Celtics contain the Heat’s second punch?The result of this series will depend on if the Celtics can contain the inevitable second punch from Miami. Boston held a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter of Game 1, only to lose in overtime. In Game 2, they led by 17 in the first half before being outscored by 20 in the third quarter.Miami started slow in both games during the series, something that wasn’t the case in the Eastern Conference semifinals versus the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks will square off in Game 5 of a best-of-seven series in the Before making any Heat vs . Bucks picks , be sure to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine’s proven computer The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and

Before making any Raptors vs . Celtics picks , be sure to see the NBA predictions from The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it’s already returned It entered the week on a blistering 61 - 33 run on top-rated NBA spread picks , returning almost ,500

a person holding a basketball: Mar 4, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) reacts after scoring during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. © Provided by CBS Sports

Mar 4, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) reacts after scoring during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

However, despite Miami's scoring depth and ability to get stops late throughout the series, Boston is a 3.5-point favorite with the total set at 213.5 in the Celtics vs. Heat odds from William Hill. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET. Before making any Heat vs. Celtics picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine's proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it's already returned over $5,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks this season. It entered the week on a blistering 61-33 run on top-rated NBA spread picks, returning almost $2,500 on those picks alone. It's also a sizzling 11-3 on top-rated picks since the NBA's restart in July. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Celtics top Heat 117-106, cut East finals deficit to 2-1

  Celtics top Heat 117-106, cut East finals deficit to 2-1 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Getting big leads has been relatively easy for the Boston Celtics in these Eastern Conference finals. This time, they also found a way to finish the job.And just like that, the East title series got a whole lot closer.Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum added 25 and the Celtics got right back into the East finals with a 117-106 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 on Saturday night. Kemba Walker added 21 to help Boston pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. © APWF Miami Heat's Derrick Jones Jr.

This 2020 NBA Playoffs matchups tips at 9 p.m. ET from AdventHealth Arena in the Orlando bubble. Before making any Raptors vs . Celtics picks , be sure to see the NBA predictions from It entered the week on a blistering 61 - 33 run on top-rated NBA spread picks , returning almost ,500

Before you make any Heat vs . Bucks picks , be sure to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine's The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it's already returned It entered the week on a blistering 60- 33 run on top-rated NBA spread picks , returning almost ,400

Now, the model has set its sights on Celtics vs. Heat. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NBA odds from William Hill and trends for Heat vs. Celtics:

  • Celtics vs. Heat spread: Celtics -3.5
  • Celtics vs. Heat over-under: 213.5 points
  • Celtics vs. Heat money line: Celtics -160, Heat +140
  • BOS: The Celtics are 5-5 against the spread in the last 10 games
  • MIA: The Heat are 8-2 against the spread in the last 10 games

Why the Celtics can cover

The Celtics are in a desperate position, but they have the talent and pedigree to bounce back. Boston is the No. 2 defensive team in the playoffs, allowing only 1.05 points per possession, and the Celtics lead the postseason in shooting efficiency allowed to their opponents. Brad Stevens' team is also very strong in specific defensive situations, allowing only 9.7 fast-break points and 38.7 points in the paint per game.

Boston is known for its perimeter defense, but the Celtics are also protecting the rim well in the playoffs, ranking fourth in the NBA in blocking 5.1 shots per game. Offensively, the Celtics have a ton of firepower, headlined by 25.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for Jayson Tatum in the playoffs. Boston ranks in the top five in free-throw rate, and it has multiple scoring options to assist Tatum, including Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward.

Jayson Tatum's inspirational halftime speech spurs Celtics to victory

  Jayson Tatum's inspirational halftime speech spurs Celtics to victory Tatum was the big scorer for the Celtics. He had 31 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Tatum was sent to the line for 14 free throws and made 12 of them to help give Boston a boost. Game 6 of the series will be on Sunday with Miami leading 3-2. The Celtics seem to have gotten their chemistry in line after their issues following Game 2.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.

Before making any Heat vs . Bucks picks , be sure to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine's proven computer The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and Milwaukee outscored Orlando by 9.6 points per 100 possessions, leading the 2020 NBA Playoffs in

FiveThirtyEight’s NBA forecast projects the winner of each game and predicts each team's chances of advancing to the playoffs and winning the NBA finals. 17, 2020 , at 7:21 AM. 2019-20 NBA Predictions . Powered by FiveThirtyEight's RAPTOR player ratings.

Why the Heat can cover

After going just 3-5 during the regular-season portion of the NBA bubble, the Heat have been absolutely dominant in the postseason, winning 11 of 13 games against the Pacers, Bucks and now the Celtics. The Heat have six players who are averaging double-figures in scoring so far in the 2020 NBA Playoffs and have had four players averaging at least 18.8 points per game in this series.

That scoring depth has made it extremely hard for the Celtics to match up defensively and the Heat have also dominated the turnover battle. Miami has only turned the ball over 42 times in four games, while forcing 63 Celtics turnovers. Boston's three primary ball handlers (Tatum, Walker and Marcus Smart) have combined to commit 41 of Boston's turnovers, so Miami's on-ball pressure has been a key throughout the series.

How to make Celtics vs. Heat picks

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, with Tatum and Dragic projected to exceed their season-long scoring averages. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Heat vs. Celtics? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Celtics vs. Heat spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up over $5,000 on its top-rated NBA picks this season, and find out.

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