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Opening Celtics vs Heat Game 5 Odds – Point Spread, Total & Moneyline

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in NBA Basketball

Updated May 24, 2023 · 9:03 AM PDT

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May 23, 2023; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) controls the ball against Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) in the fourth quarter during game four of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2023 NBA playoffs at Kaseya Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Celtics staved off elimination on Tuesday night, forcing a Game 5 on Thursday in Boston
  • Miami blew a 6-point halftime lead in Game 4 and now head to TD Garden as big underdogs
  • Below, see the opening Heat vs Celtics Game 5 odds

Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics did what they needed to on Tuesday night, putting in an inspired second-half performance on the road to extend their best-of-seven Eastern Conference final with the Miami Heat.

Still trailing the series 3-1, Boston now heads home as a big favorite to at least force a Game 6.

Opening Heat vs Celtics Game 5 Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Miami Heat +7.5 (-110) +245 O 214.5 (-110)
Boston Celtics -7.5 (-110) -300 U 214.5 (-110)

The NBA betting odds for Game 5 list the Celtics as 7.5-point favorites and -300 on the moneyline. The Heat come back as +245 underdogs to win straight-up and close out the series. The total opened at 214.5. Game 1 opened with a total of 212; Games 2 and 3 were upped to 214.5, while Game 4 was raised even further (216.5) thanks to the first three games all going over.


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Boston Saves Season with Huge Second Half

Backs against the wall in Game 4, the Celtics came out relatively lethargic and found themselves trailing 56-50 at halftime. But All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum led a huge third-quarter comeback that Boston would parlay into an easy victory.

The Celtics outscored Miami 38-23 in the third stanza, taking a nine-point lead into the fourth which they would only extend, ultimately winning 116-99.

Tatum finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, while six Celtics in total – including all five starters – scored in double figures. The difference in Boston’s shooting from Game 3 to Game 4 was night-and-day. After shooting just 39.8% from the floor on Sunday, they hit at a  51.2% clip on Tuesday, including just over 40% from beyond the arc.

Heat vs Celtics Series Results

Game Final Score Moneyline Winner ATS Winner O/U Winner
Game 1 123-116 Heat (+310) Heat (+9) Over (212)
Game 2 111-105 Heat (+354) Heat (+10) Over (214.5)
Game 3 128-102 Heat (+157) Heat (+4.5) Over (214.5)
Game 4 116-99 Celtics (+100) Celtics (+1.5) Under (216.5)
For the fourth straight time in this series, the underdog both covered the spread and won straight-up. For the first time in the series, the total stayed under, though only by 1.5 points.

Heat vs Celtics Game 5 Expected Line Movement

This line is going to move in favor of Boston. The Celtics closed as -380 favorites in Game 1 and -428 in Game 2. With bettors now believing the C’s have the momentum, expect a lot of money to come in on Boston to win and force a Game 6.

If you want to bet the Celtics, do it as soon as possible. If you think the Heat have a real shot to close out the series on Thursday, wait until close to tip off and you will likely get a better price.

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