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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 9/25/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




MIAMI (55 - 31) vs. BOSTON (57 - 30)
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Friday, 9/25/2020 8:30 PM
Eastern Conference - Conference Finals - Best Of 7 - Game 5 - Lake Buena Vi
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MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games55-31+18.446-3850-34112.057.546.5%53.0108.654.044.8%50.1
Road Games28-26+7.927-2628-24109.356.145.2%52.4109.554.845.1%51.2
Last 5 Games4-1+4.64-13-1108.850.844.1%50.0107.053.645.0%51.8
Playoff Games11-2+12.511-26-6111.554.445.2%52.3105.753.445.4%48.8
MIAMI Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.057.539-8446.5%13-3637.6%20-2678.9%53926208144
vs opponents surrendering111.455.841-8945.7%12-3435.7%18-2377.5%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)109.356.138-8445.2%13-3735.8%20-2579.0%52925218145
Stats Against (All Games)108.654.039-8644.8%13-3734.7%18-2478.2%50924227144
vs opponents averaging111.75641-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.3%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.554.839-8545.1%13-3635.5%19-2578.9%51924228144

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games57-30+7.249-3441-44112.755.046.0%54.3106.651.743.6%52.8
Road Games34-21+5.732-1925-29111.154.245.6%54.4106.151.243.0%53.1
Last 5 Games2-3-3.42-33-1106.654.446.0%53.2105.649.643.0%49.0
Playoff Games9-6-0.39-65-9108.355.345.6%54.2102.748.741.2%51.5
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.755.041-8946.0%13-3536.0%19-2380.3%541023228136
vs opponents surrendering111.155.840-8845.8%12-3535.7%18-2377.2%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.154.240-8845.6%12-3535.4%19-2379.8%541022228145
Stats Against (All Games)106.651.738-8743.6%12-3533.5%19-2577.3%531022217145
vs opponents averaging111.25640-8845.9%12-3436.0%18-2377.2%531025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)106.151.237-8743.0%12-3533.3%20-2578.3%531022217145
Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 96.1,  BOSTON 95.7
MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats

BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
MIAMI: LAST SEASON: 39-43, finished in 10th place in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Erik Spoelstra (12th season, 523-363).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Justise Winslow (12.6 ppg), G Dion Waiters (12.0), G Jimmy Butler (18.7 with Minnesota and Philadelphia), F Kelly Olynyk (10.0), C Bam Adebayo (8.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Dwyane Wade, G Josh Richardson, C Hassan Whiteside, G Rodney McGruder.
KEY ADDITIONS: Butler, G Tyler Herro, F-C Meyers Leonard.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Butler gets a team to call his own, and assumes the role of locker-room leader in the place of Wade ' who retired after 16 seasons, most of them with Miami. The Heat are hoping for healthier years from Waiters and PG Goran Dragic, after both missed about half of last season. Herro, the No. 13 pick in this year's draft, had a strong summer league and followed that up with big numbers in the preseason so he'll clearly be in the mix somewhere. Adebayo enters his first full year as the starting center, a job he won down the stretch last season, and will get help from fellow bigs Olynyk and Leonard. Winslow wants to be a leader for the group, but has missed 94 games in the last three seasons.
OUTLOOK: The Heat haven't won a playoff series since 2016 and are only 124-122 over the last three seasons, yet believe they can get back into more of a postseason-contender role ' even without Wade, who was the team's best player last season. Getting Butler was a major boost and he'll unquestionably be the key to everything Miami does, though he won't be asked to carry the load by himself. Defense wasn't the problem for Miami last season after the Heat finished No. 2 in the league in points allowed; the biggest issue was inconsistent offense, which figures to get better.
COACH: Brad Stevens (seventh season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kemba Walker (25.6 ppg), G Gordon Hayward (11.5), F Jaylen Brown. (13.0), F Jayson Tatum (15.7), C Enes Kanter (13.7)
KEY LOSSES: G Kyrie Irving, F/C Al Horford, F Marcus Morris, G Terry Rozier.
KEY ADDITIONS: Walker, Kanter, G Romeo Langford, F Grant Williams, G Carsen Edwards.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: It starts with Walker, who jumped at the chance in free agency to join a perennial playoff team. Following Kyrie Irving's departure to Brooklyn, it will also give Walker the opportunity to do what Irving couldn't: lead the Celtics to an NBA Finals. He'll need help, though. And that will again put the spotlight on youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both took small steps backward last season as infighting and chemistry issues plagued the team. Now, both will have key roles, much like they did two seasons ago when Irving missed the playoffs and they helped get the team to the Eastern Conference finals. It's an especially big year for Brown. The Celtics have until Oct. 21 to decide whether to extend his contract for another season or let him become a restricted free agent next summer.
OUTLOOK: The Celtics are going to have to tweak their style of play a little without Irving or Horford. Irving was their chief scorer and Horford played a huge role facilitating offense in the half court as well as on defense. Kanter is a big man that can run, which should fit in nicely with the up-tempo style this athletic roster is built for. Whether this team is ultimately able to be a threat to win the East will depend on how well Walker leads and if the starting unit gets enough support from its youthful group of reserves.
Heat aim to close out Celtics in Game 5

The Miami Heat can earn their first appearance in the NBA Finals since 2014 when they duel the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

The fifth-seeded Heat inched closer to a shot at their fourth NBA title by holding off the third-seeded Celtics 112-109 on Wednesday night for a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series.

Miami, which won championships as the East's second and first seed in 2012 and 2013, respectively, is attempting to become the first team seeded fifth or lower to reach the NBA Finals since the eighth-seeded New York Knicks lost to San Antonio in 1999.

The last team seeded fifth or lower to win an NBA title was Houston in 1995, when it beat Orlando as the West's No. 6 seed.

Miami has never lost a playoff series in which it led 3-1. The Heat held such an advantage over top-seeded Milwaukee in the Eastern semifinals, then needed just one more game to eliminate the Bucks.

The last time the Celtics found themselves in a 3-1 hole was last season against the Bucks in the Eastern semis. Milwaukee closed out the best-of-seven in the next game.

Boston hasn't rallied to win a series after trailing 3-1 since beating the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Finals in 1981. The Celtics went on to beat Houston in the NBA Finals that season.

The Heat have managed the 3-1 series lead despite being outshot both overall and on 3-pointers, and being outrebounded. Even the total points scored through four games -- 441-441 -- are not indicative of a one-sided series.

The big difference in the series: The Heat have managed to get up six more shots per game, mostly as a direct result of having forced 16.0 Celtics turnovers per night while committing just 11.3 of their own.

Turnovers have killed the Celtics in their last two defeats. They gave away a total of 39 in Games 2 and 4, resulting in 43 Miami points. Meanwhile, the Heat had just 19 giveaways, resulting in just 19 points.

The frustration of letting winnable games get away got the attention of at least one Celtics player after Wednesday's loss.

"(We) definitely have to stick together," Jaylen Brown insisted. "Fight to the end. I think that's the best thing that we can do to represent this organization, represent ourselves, represent our families, is stay together, and play hard. And I think everybody will be a part of that result."

Game 4 had a different look from the previous three. The Heat, who had gone up in the series using superior depth, rode the strength of four big-time scorers, three in the 20s and rookie Tyler Herro with a historic 37.

The only 20-year-old to score more points in a playoff game than Herro was Magic Johnson (42) of the Los Angeles Lakers in the clinching Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals versus the Philadelphia 76ers.

On the other hand, the Celtics got a series-high 14 points from Gordon Hayward and displayed a better depth of scorers than in previous games, but couldn't overcome star Jayson Tatum's scoreless first half.

One of the Heat's concerns in the wake of Wednesday's win was the condition of center Bam Adebayo's sore left wrist. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra reported Thursday that his big man was fine as he attempted to treat his club's workout session on the eve of a potential NBA Finals-clincher as just another day.

"We stuck with our routine," Spoelstra noted. "Everybody got the treatment, rest. Today is another day for rest and recovery. Everybody knows what to expect for (Game 5)."

Game 6, if necessary, is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/30/2020 12:45:48 PM EST

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