Game five of the Eastern Conference Finals is set for Thursday night when the Miami Heat visit the Boston Celtics. A sweep was avoided in game four, but the Celtics are still facing an uphill battle to stay alive. Below is my NBA pick for the Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics.

Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics Betting Pick

The Pick: Miami Heat +7.5

This game will be played at TD Garden at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2023.

Why Bet the Miami Heat:

✅ Miami has covered the spread in 10 of their last 13 games played.

✅ The Heat have covered the spread in five of their last six games against the Celtics.

✅ Boston has lost five of their last six games against Miami.

Miami Heat Could Not Get the Job Done

The Heat had the chance to close out this Eastern Conference Finals at home, but they were outplayed by a desperate Celtics team. Miami will still feel confident in this series, but another loss could make things a bit hairy.

Game four started off all Miami in the first half, but it flipped in the second half. The Heat won the first quarter by six points and they kept that advantage at the half. Boston came out of the half on fire and dominated the third quarter. The Celtics grabbed a nine-point advantage after three and grew that lead in the fourth. Ultimately, Boston won 116-99 to get the series back home.

In the game four defeat, Jimmy Butler did his part with 29 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Caleb Martin added 16 points and four rebounds off the bench.

The Boston Celtics Focusing on One Game at A Time

Boston was not going to give up this series easily and they can just take it one game at a time. The Celtics can make things interesting with a game five win and may be series favorites if they are able to extend it one more game. Boston’s starters showed up ready to play in game four with all five starters, plus one bench guy, scoring at least 11 points on the night.

Jayson Tatum led the way with 33 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and two blocks. Al Horford added 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in the victory.