The Boston Celtics will look to catch up on the Miami Heat as they trail Bam Adebayo and company 2-1 after a 109-103 loss at home in Game 3. With that said, check out our preview below of this Heat vs. Celtics 2022 NBA Playoffs meeting on Monday down at TD Garden.
Betting Preview for the Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 on May 23, 2022
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
When: Monday, May 23, 2022, 8:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Miami Heat (+7)
Regular Season Record: 53-29
In a rollercoaster of a game, it was Miami who got the win in Game 3 of this series, thanks to the massive performance of Bam Adebayo and the team’s defense. The Heat center finished the contest with 31 points and 10 rebounds, while Miami pickpocketed the Celtics all game long. The Heat had 19 steals and forced 24 turnovers which they converted into 33 points. Meanwhile, Miami turned the ball over just nine times for just 9 Boston points. However, the Heat might not have Jimmy Butler in Game 4 after sitting out the entire second half of Game 3 due to knee inflammation. A Butler absence on Monday would likely mean more playing time for Victor Oladipo, whose defense in Game 3 greatly helped the Heat, who have outscored Boston in only two quarters in the series yet are up 2-1. Kyle Lowry also played for the first time in the series and scored 11 points with 6 assists and 4 steals. He’d be among those expected to step up in case Butler skips Monday’s contest.
The Heat are 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games overall.
Betting on the Boston Celtics (-7)
Regular Season Record: 51-31
Boston shot itself in the foot in Game 3. The Celtics just couldn’t stop tripping over themselves with seemingly endless turnovers, which greatly affected their shot attempts. While the Heat had 92 shots from the field, the Celtics only had 70. Jaylen Brown finished with 40 points on 14/20 shooting but also had 7 turnovers. Nevertheless, that was an astounding effort from Brown, who became just the first Celtic ever to score at least 40 points on 70 percent shooting or better in a playoff contest. With the potential of Butler missing Game 4, there’s a good reason for Boston to believe that Brown will stay hot and keep on cooking offensively. It’s worth noting that Robert Williams missed Game 3 and might be out again on Monday because of lingering knee soreness. Jayson Tatum hopefully would wake up from his slumber after a 3/14 shooting in Game 3 for just 10 points.
The Celtics are 5-0 against the spread in their last 5 games after a loss.
The Celtics win, 104-101.
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