With the series knotted at two, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will renew their Eastern Conference Finals series on Wednesday in what is an all-important Game 5.
As the two clubs continue to trade blows, let’s dive into the current betting insights for the series, including NBA odds.
Conference Championship Odds: -175
After squandering a golden opportunity in Game 3, the Celtics looked much more like the team bettors expect to represent the East in this year’s NBA Finals (39.3% handle percentage).
Led by Jayson Tatum’s 31 points, Boston earned a convincing 102-82 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 4 to tie their respective series at two games apiece. Defensively, Ime Udoka’s group had their most impressive performance of the postseason to date, holding Miami’s starters to a combined 18 points – the fewest since the 1970-71 campaign.
Given how back and forth this series has been thus far, it should come as no surprise that neither team has yet to win back-to-back contests. The C’s will look to buck that trend on the road in Wednesday’s pivotal Game 5.
Conference Championship Odds: +145
Coming off their most inspired performance of this year’s playoffs, the Heat posted an absolute dud in Game 4.
Playing without Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro (quad injury), Miami started the contest 0-fpr-14 from the floor – their first field goal came with just a little over three minutes left in the first quarter. The result was a historically bad offensive showing, one Erik Spoelstra’s group is unlikely to repeat.
In fact, Spoelstra seemed relatively unconcerned by the disappointing outcome. Referring to the back-and-forth nature of the series, the 51-year-old said postgame, “We’ve proven it. Whatever they can do to us, we can do it to them.”
Spoelstra’s words are not exactly unfounded, and despite Game 4’s shellacking, there is still tremendous value on Miami in NBA betting at +145.