The season remains on the line for the Boston Celtics, who will try to stay alive the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden in Boston on Thursday, May 25 (5/25/2023) at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Heat vs. Celtics Game 5 will air on TNT, and can be streamed live on Sling (half off first month) and other TV streaming services.
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Boston finally pulled out a win in Game 4 on Tuesday night, winning 116-99 and forcing the series to Game 5. But with the Heat at a 3-1 series advantage, every game is do-or-die for Boston as they return to the home court.
Jayson Tatum scored a game high 33 points for the Celtics on Tuesday, with 11 rebounds and seven assists. Tatum exploded in the second half, and ended up 14-of-22 from the field.
Here’s how to tune in to what could be the final game of the series.
What: NBA Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals
Who: Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics
When: Thursday, May 25
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Channel finder: Verizon Fios, Xfinity, Spectrum, Optimum/Altice, Cox, DirecTV
Live stream: DirecTV Stream (free trial), Sling (half off first month), Hulu + Live TV
Cord cutters can sign up for DirecTV Stream (free trial) or Sling (half off first month) to enjoy broadcasts of TNT.
Cable subscribers can log in on TNTDrama.com to enjoy a free live stream of the channel.
Here’s the rest of the series schedule:
- Game 6: Saturday, May 27, Denver @ LA, 8:30 p.m.*
- Game 7: Monday, May 29, Boston @ Miami, 8:30 p.m.*
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Can I bet on the game?
Yes, you can bet on the NBA Playoffs from your phone in New York State, and we’ve compiled some of the best introductory offers to help navigate your first bets from BetMGM, FanDuel, DraftKings, PointsBet, Caesars and BetRivers.
The Celtics are -285 to win Game 5, according to DraftKings.
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Story by The Associated Press
Miami Heat (44-38, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (57-25, second in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Thursday, 8:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Celtics -7.5; over/under is 215.5
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Heat lead series 3-1
BOTTOM LINE: The Miami Heat look to clinch the series over the Boston Celtics in game five of the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics defeated the Heat 116-99 in the last meeting. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 33 points, and Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 29 points.
The Celtics have gone 34-18 against Eastern Conference teams. Boston averages 12.7 turnovers per game and is 6-2 when it turns the ball over less than its opponents.
The Heat are 24-28 against conference opponents. Miami averages 12.8 turnovers per game and is 8-2 when turning the ball over less than opponents.
The Celtics connect on 16.0 three-pointers per game this season, 4.0 more made shots on average than the 12.0 per game the Heat give up. The Heat are shooting 46.0% from the field, 0.3% lower than the 46.3% the Celtics’ opponents have shot this season.
This year, the Celtics are averaging 11.2 three-pointers conceded per game at home and 12.0 on the road (conceding 32.7% shooting from deep in home games compared to 36.5% on the road). The Heat put up more points per game at home (111.4) than away (107.5), but also concede more at home (110.2) than on the road (109.3).
TOP PERFORMERS: Tatum is averaging 30.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is averaging 20.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists over the last 10 games for Boston.
Bam Adebayo is scoring 20.4 points per game and averaging 9.2 rebounds for the Heat. Max Strus is averaging 2.5 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Miami.
LAST 10 GAMES: Celtics: 5-5, averaging 109.9 points, 42.9 rebounds, 23.4 assists, 5.5 steals and 6.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.5 points per game.
Heat: 7-3, averaging 108.7 points, 40.0 rebounds, 23.3 assists, 7.1 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 45.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.2 points.
INJURIES: Celtics: Danilo Gallinari: out (knee).
Heat: Victor Oladipo: out for season (knee), Tyler Herro: out (hand).
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