The Miami Heat have fallen behind in this series and are now in a must-win situation against the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics are separated from their first appearance in the NBA finals in twelve years by one more win in this series. This will be the Boston Celtics’ last home game in the series as they host the Miami Heat at TD Garden for Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference finals.
The match starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, 27 May 2022. The game time by GMT is 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. The match venue is TD Garden, Boston, MA.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat (May 27) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat latest odds on betting sites
The Boston Celtics money line odds are priced at 1.23 (-435 American; 23/100 Fractional), while the Miami Heat money line odds are priced at 4.25 (+325; 13/4). This equals approximate probabilities of 80% against 20% respectively.
- Over 200.5 points — 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Under 200.5 points — 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Boston Celtics -8.5: 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Miami Heat +8.5: 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat match preview and statistics
The Celtics have now won back to back games in this series to take a 3-2 lead. The Heat won the first half by 5 points but the Celtics found their spark in the second half and outscored the Heat 32-16 in the third quarter and even extended their effort into the fourth, opening it with a 14-2 run to essentially close out the game.
Jaylen Brown led the team in scoring with 25 points and added 4 rebounds while Jayson Tatum lined up 22 points, 12 boards and an assist shy of a triple-double.
Al Horford followed with 16 points, 7 boards and 2 blocks while Derrick White from the bench dropped 14 points, 5 assists and 2 steals.
Team statistics: 33/71 (46.5%) field goals, 10/33 (30.3%) 3 pointers, 17/23 (73.9%) free throws, 24 assists, 46 total rebounds, 5 steals, 7 blocks, 15 turnovers, 19 fouls.
Boston Celtics team news: Sam Hauser is ruled out for the match while Robert Williams III and Marcus Smart are listed as questionable for the match.
The Heat was struggling from long range in Game 5 shooting a very poor 15.6% from the 3-point line. The Heat had 94 field goal attempts while the Celtics had 71 but 45 of those shots were from long range. Bam Adebayo led the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds double-double.
Gabe Vincent from the bench followed with 15 points, 2 assists and a steal while Jimmy Butler dropped 13 points, 6 boards and had 2 steals.
Duncan Robinson had 11 points and a steal while P.J. Tucker contributed 7 points and 11 boards.
Team statistics: 30/94 (31.9%) field goals, 7/45 (15.6%) 3 pointers, 13/14 (92.9%) free throws, 14 assists, 49 total rebounds, 2 blocks, 7 steals, 12 turnovers, 19 fouls.
Miami Heat team news: Tyler Herro is listed as questionable for the match.
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat H2H
The last time they met in the postseason was in the Eastern Conference finals of the 2020 playoffs and the Miami Heat were crowned the East Champions after winning the series 4-2. The Boston Celtics lead this series 3-2.
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat lineups and key players
Boston Celtics projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Marcus Smart
- Shooting guard: Jaylen Brown
- Small forward: Jayson Tatum
- Power forward: Al Horford
- Center: Robert Williams III
Jayson Tatum is the key player to watch out for. He isn’t the highest-scoring player for the Celtics in this series, he has contributed immensely to the team in an all-around performance. He has averaged almost 24 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in this series. His consistency is key to the Celtics securing their place in the NBA finals.
Miami Heat projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Kyle Lowry
- Shooting guard: Max Strus
- Small forward: Jimmy Butler
- Power forward: P.J Tucker
- Center: Bam Adebayo
Jimmy Butler is the key player to watch out for. Jimmy Butler has declined in his performance in this series. Before the Celtics series, he was averaging 28.7ppg in the playoffs and now he only averages only 19.4 points in the 5 games played in this series. The Heat will need Jimmy Butler to get back to his old self for them to force a Game 7.
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat predictions and betting tips
Both the Heat and the Celtics weren’t all that great in Game 5 but it was clear the Celtics wanted it more with the second half takeover. The Heat is struggling with injuries, they were without Tyler Herro in the last two games and Kyle Lowry is still not 100%. Jimmy Butler has not been able to get it going following his Game 3 slumps. For the Heat to have any chance at forcing a game 7, they have to force the Celtics to turnover the ball more as it has proven to be Celtics’ weakness and it has worked for the Heat in Game 3.
The Celtics although not fully healthy, have all it takes to close out game 6 and book their spot in the NBA finals, they will do all it takes to end the series in Game 7. Jason Tatum is due for a blow-up game in this series and he has proven to be the man for the Celtics when it mattered the most. I pick the Celtics to win Game 6. Predictions for this game are the Boston Celtics to win and over 200.5 points.
Betting prediction: Boston Celtics to win
Odds: 1.23 (-435 American; 23/100 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 200.5 points
Odds: 1.90 (-111 American; 9/10 Fractional)