Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22)
Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) drives past Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


Kyle Barrette

A nice easy win to start off the week. Dallas finally got more aggressive and the other team members were able to step up and finally help Luka. Tonight, our attention returns to Miami, where the Heat will play game five of their series against the Celtics. Can Miami avoid a second playoff loss at home? Let’s break it down and find out.

Game four had an interesting outcome. Neither team played well. Sure, Boston won the game easily, but Tatum was the only one who had a good game. The Celtics have been one of the better road teams in the playoffs, but Miami is probably the toughest place to play in this postseason. Injuries are clearly a big deal on both sides of the ball, and both of these teams are banged up. Robert Williams, to me, is the clear difference for the Celtics. We saw what Adebayo was able to do when he was not on the floor versus what he was able to do when he was. If Boston gets everyone involved, they might be able to leave with the win and head back to Boston to close it out.

Injuries and an off night are what it looked like in game four. It kind of looked like Miami put in a half-effort in this game because they needed to give it a shot but also had a game to give in a sense. Their starters’ minutes were way down, a few guys even sat out. This was as much of a planned loss as there could be. Miami knew this series was not going to be won in game four and if they somehow won, great, but if they didn’t, clearly they were not worried. They knew they needed to get a lot of guys’ rest and be as healthy as possible to win this series. The good part is, despite all that, Boston did not have a good night by any means. This should be enough to light Miami’s fire with a solid response in game five.

Celtics vs Heat pick: Miami ML
Don’t fall into the trap of the Heat getting blown out. Miami starters either didn’t play or played significantly shortened minutes. People will look at the score and forget how bad Boston was that night. If this Heat team was 100%, it would have a 3-1 lead right now. Take Miami on the ML.

Same Game Parlay:
Heat ML, Max Strus First Basket, Butler Over 24.5 Pts, Jaylen Brown Under 24.5 Pts, Robert Williams Over 7.5 Pts and Robert Williams Over 6.5 rebounds.

SGP Odds +15350

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