Heat vs. Celtics (5/1/24): Best Bet, Odds, Lineups for Game 5 NBA Playoffs

Written By Editorial Team on May 1, 2024
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The Miami Heat are set to play against the Boston Celtics on May 1, at 7:30 PM ET. Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs will be held at TD Garden in Boston and broadcast on TNT. NBA betting odds favor the Celtics with a point spread of -14.0 and an over/under set at 200.5. Kristaps Porzingis will miss tonight’s game, leaving the Celtics thinner in the front court. Get tonight’s starting lineups, odds, and best bet.

Heat vs. Celtics pregame odds Game 5

Despite the absence of Kristaps Porzingis, the Celtics are expected to close out the series at home, according to NBA betting odds. Massachusetts sportsbooks, such as DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM, have set lines that highlight the Celtics as heavy favorites, with point spreads and over/under suggesting a game with defensive focus once again.

  • DraftKings: Celtics -14, over/under 199.5
  • FanDuel: Celtics -14, over/under 200.5
  • Caesars: Celtics -13.5, over/under 200.0
  • BetMGM: Celtics -14.5, over/under 200.5

Odds are subject to change and may vary between sportsbooks for the Heat vs. Celtics.

Heat vs. Celtics Game 5 Best Bet: Celtics 1Q -4.5

Boston was the best first quarter team in the league this season, finishing first with a margin of +4.5, scoring 31.4 points per game. You run some risk hoping Miami isn’t white hot from three but since that game the Celtics have clamped down on defense, holding Miami to less than 90 points overall. Boston has won the last two first quarters by an average of 9.5 points and we expect that trend to continue as the Celtics look to put away Miami at home.

Heat vs. Celtics Best Bet: Celtics 1Q -4.5

Heat vs. Celtics projected starting lineups

Heat projected starting lineup

PG: Delon Wright
SG: Tyler Hrro
SF: Caleb Martin
PF: Nikola Jovic
C: Bam Adebayo

Celtics projected starting lineup

PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Derrick White
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Al Horford

Projected lineups and injuries are pulled from Sportsdata.

Heat vs. Celtics injuries for Game 5

Heat: Key players out include Jimmy Butler (SF – Knee), Josh Richardson (SG – Shoulder), Terry Rozier (PG – Neck), and Jaime Jaquez Jr. (SF – Hip). Butler and Rozier’s absence significantly impacts Miami’s perimeter defense and scoring options.

Celtics: Kristaps Porzingis (100 – Calf) is sidelined, affecting Boston’s interior defense and scoring. His absence leaves a gap in the starting lineup.

Team stats and standings ahead of tonight’s game

Miami Heat team stats & standings

The Miami Heat, finished with a record of 46-36, are positioned 8th in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Southeast Division. Down 3-1 in the series, Miami is struggling to score compared to their seasonal averages. Here are the season stats for the Heat:

  • Points per game: 110.1
  • Points allowed per game: 108.4
  • FG%: 46.5
  • 3PT%: 37.0
  • Rebounds per game: 42.3
  • Assists per game: 25.8

Boston Celtics team stats & standings

The Boston Celtics lead the Eastern Conference with a stellar record of 64-18, dominating the Atlantic Division. Looking to move onto the next round, the Celtics have been doing it with their defense of late. The Celtics’ season stats highlight their offensive and defensive strengths:

  • Points per game: 120.6
  • Points allowed per game: 109.2
  • FG%: 48.7
  • 3PT%: 38.8
  • Rebounds per game: 46.3
  • Assists per game: 26.9

Player stats for Heat vs. Celtics

As the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics prepare to face off, injuries have plagued this series from the normal starting lineups.

Heat leaders ahead of tonight’s game

The Heat’s performance could hinge on Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro, who have shown impressive stats in their recent game. Here are the top Miami players from Monday’s loss against the Celtics:

  • Bam Adebayo (C): 25 PTS, 17 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Tyler Herro (SG): 19 PTS, 4 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Caleb Martin (PF): 18 PTS, 5 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Jaime Jaquez Jr. (SF): 9 PTS, 2 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Delon Wright (PG): 2 PTS, 4 RBS, 1 AST

Season leaders for the Heat show Bam Adebayo leading in rebounds and double-doubles.

  • Jimmy Butler: 20.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.0 APG
  • Tyler Herro: 20.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.5 APG
  • Terry Rozier: 19.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.6 APG
  • Bam Adebayo: 19.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 3.9 APG
  • Jaime Jaquez Jr.: 11.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.6 APG

Celtics leaders ahead of tonight’s game

For the Celtics, Derrick White and Jayson Tatum are the players to watch, with White’s recent scoring spree and Tatum’s consistent performance. Here are the top players from Monday’s Game 4 Celtics win:

  • Derrick White (SG): 38 PTS, 4 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 20 PTS, 11 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Jaylen Brown (SG): 17 PTS, 5 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Jrue Holiday (PG): 11 PTS, 6 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Kristaps Porzingis (C): 7 PTS, 3 RBS, 0 AST

The Celtics’ season stats highlight Jayson Tatum as the leading scorer and rebounder for the team.

  • Jayson Tatum: 26.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.9 APG
  • Jaylen Brown: 23.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.6 APG
  • Kristaps Porzingis: 20.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.0 APG
  • Derrick White: 15.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.2 APG
  • Jrue Holiday: 12.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.8 APG
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