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NBA : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/27/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




BOSTON (58 - 30) vs. MIAMI (55 - 32)
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Sunday, 9/27/2020 7:30 PM
Eastern Conference - Conference Finals - Best Of 7 - Game 6 - Lake Buena Vi
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BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games58-30+8.250-3442-44112.855.046.0%54.3106.651.843.6%52.7
Road Games35-21+6.733-1926-29111.354.245.6%54.5106.151.343.0%53.0
Last 5 Games2-3-3.42-34-0112.454.646.9%54.2109.852.043.7%48.2
Playoff Games10-6+0.710-66-9109.155.045.6%54.6103.149.241.5%51.3
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.855.041-8946.0%13-3536.0%19-2380.4%541023228136
vs opponents surrendering111.155.840-8845.8%12-3535.6%18-2377.2%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.354.240-8845.6%12-3535.3%19-2380.0%541022228145
Stats Against (All Games)106.651.838-8743.6%12-3533.3%19-2577.3%531022217145
vs opponents averaging111.25640-8845.9%12-3436.0%18-2377.3%531025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)106.151.337-8743.0%11-3533.0%20-2578.3%531022217145

MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games55-32+17.446-3951-34111.957.546.5%53.0108.754.044.9%50.2
Road Games28-27+6.927-2729-24109.356.245.2%52.3109.754.745.1%51.4
Last 5 Games3-2+2.63-24-0109.852.043.7%48.2112.454.646.9%54.2
Playoff Games11-3+11.511-37-6111.354.645.2%52.0106.853.245.4%49.6
MIAMI Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.957.539-8446.5%13-3637.4%20-2678.9%53926218144
vs opponents surrendering111.355.841-8945.7%12-3435.7%18-2377.5%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)109.356.238-8445.2%13-3735.5%20-2579.0%52925218145
Stats Against (All Games)108.754.039-8644.9%13-3734.7%19-2478.3%50924227144
vs opponents averaging111.755.941-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.4%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.754.739-8645.1%13-3635.5%20-2579.1%51924228144
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 95.6,  MIAMI 96.2
BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats

MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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.
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.
Heat take another shot at eliminating Celtics in Game 6

Two teams that hope to have learned something from the second half of their previous encounter will attempt to put their new information to good use Sunday night when the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics square off in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals near Orlando.

The fifth-seeded Heat remain one win away from their first NBA Finals appearance in six years after squandering a seven-point halftime lead in a 121-108 loss in Game 5 on Friday night.

The win allowed the third-seeded Celtics not only to remain alive in the best-of-seven but move to within two wins of another NBA Finals appearance of their own, an opportunity the 17-time champions haven't had since 2010.

Both teams came out of Friday's game talking energy -- some used, some kept in reserve.

"We knew we had to play better. We were fighting for our life," Celtics star Jayson Tatum said of the mood at halftime of a game his team trailed 58-51. "It was going to take a collective effort in the second half, and that's what we did."

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra agreed, then spun it in his team's direction.

"Boston played great in the second half. They deserved and earned what they got," he assured. "We understand how tough it is to win in the playoffs. We did not compete hard enough defensively and we paid the price for that."

With Tatum and Miami's Jimmy Butler neutralizing each other's brilliance, the first five games have swung in the favor of the team with the more productive supporting cast.

The Heat got that from Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder with a combined 51 points in an overtime win in Game 1. Then from Duncan Robinson's six 3-pointers and 18 points in Game 2. And most notably, from Tyler Herro's historic 37-point flurry in Game 4 that brought the Heat within arm's length of advancing.

The Celtics countered that with a combined 67 points from Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart in their first win in Game 3, and with an out-of-nowhere double-double from Daniel Theis that helped keep Boston alive on Friday.

Such has been the up-and-down nature of the series. Herro followed up his 37-point explosion with just 14 in Game 5. Meanwhile, Theis had totaled just 18 points and 21 rebounds in Boston's three losses before going for 15 and 13 on Friday.

Something else that reversed itself in Game 5 was the series' turnover disparity. After the Celtics had averaged 4.7 more per game in the first four meetings, they had two fewer (13-11) than the Heat in Game 5.

That led to the Heat losing their greatest advantage in building a 3-1 lead: Shot attempts. Even though Boston had connected at a greater rate, Miami had averaged 6.0 more shots than the Celtics before Friday, when Boston held a 93-86 edge.

Neither team lists a significant injury for Game 6, but you have to wonder about Heat center Bam Adebayo, who has been nursing a sore left wrist in the series.

He shot under 50 percent (5-for-11) for the first time since Game 1 and was held to a series-low 13 points on Friday, accumulating a minus-15 plus/minus after having been in the positive in each of the first four games.

"I'll put that game on me," he said afterward. "I feel like I was a step behind today. I wasn't a difference-maker today."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/27/2020 11:17:57 AM EST

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