Boston Celtics (57-25) at Miami Heat (44-38)
Game Info: Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 8:30 p.m. EST (Kaseya Center)
Betting Odds: Heat (-1.5) / Over/Under (216.5)
Pick: Heat (-1.5)
Lets head back to the Eastern Conference Finals tonight to check out Game 4 between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, with the Heat looking to complete one of the most shocking upsets in NBA Playoff history.
Boston needs to find answers and they have to find them right now. Coming into this one down 0-3 in the series, they surely have nothing to lose being that no team has ever came back from being down 0-3 to winning the series. In spite of the freeness that they should come in with, they will have to come up with a much better scheme if they are to give themselves a chance at home 1 more game in a few days. Everyone expected a spirited effort from the Celtics in Game 3 after dropping the first 2 games of the series on their home floor, but right from the jump, they were punched in the mouth and were never able to recover in even the slightest bit. If they are to show any pulse and secure a road win tonight, it has to start with Jayson Tatum. After an epic 50+ point performance against the 76ers in Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, he has looked like a completely different player this series, especially in the 4th quarter. Can he bounce back in Game 4 when Boston needs him most?
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If we can turn the page back to about a month ago, the Heat were not but 3 minutes away from being knocked out of the Play-In Tournament by the Chicago Bulls. But, through a series of clutch moments late in the game, they were able to register the win. Fast forward to now, they are 1 win away from punching their ticket to the NBA Finals once again. Additionally, this may be their most impressive run yet if they are able to complete the task as they will have taken down 3 of the top 5 seeds in the East, so it is not as if they are just getting lucky through playing teams that have upset the giants of the East. They are slaying the powerhouses and slaying them fast. And the reason they are doing so so seamlessly is not because of Jimmy Butler, it is because of their role players. In the Playoffs, to be succesful as a team, you need your side guys to have big nights at times. The Heat have gotten a stellar performance from almost every player on the roster this Postseason, with Game 3 having Gabe Vincent and Duncan Robinson scoring 51 points combined. Can they get another standout performance from a role player to complete the sweep?
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Miami is 11-3 ATS in Playoff games
- Boston is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games
- The over is 11-5 in Boston's 16 Playoff games
On paper, the Celtics are the far superior team. At times though, the team that plays like an actual team gets the better of the "superior" team, and this is one of those circumstances. Boston looks disfunctional right now. Their postgame press conferences look deflated and Head Coach Joe Mazzulla doesn't seem to understand or have an idea of how to come up with the right answers. On the other side, the Heat have one of the best Head Coaches in the league in Erik Spoelstra. I do not forsee this series extending past midnight. Give me the Heat to seal the deal!
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