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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics odds, picks and best bets

Marcus Mosher
Sportsbook Wire

The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics tip-off Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals series Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET in the Orlando bubble. Below, we analyze the Heat-Celtics Game 5 betting odds and lines, with NBA picks and best bets.

Series: Miami leads 3-1.

Heat vs. Celtics: Key injuries

Celtics

  • PG Romeo Langford (wrist) out

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Heat vs. Celtics: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

NBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 10:25 a.m. ET.

Prediction

Celtics 113, Heat 103

Money line (ML)

Despite being down 3-1 in this series, the CELTICS (-154) are slight moneyline favorites over the Heat in Game 5. Miami (+130) has been incredible of late, winning 11 of its last 13 games, but with Boston needing this game to stay alive in the Eastern Conference Finals, it wouldn't be a surprise if they played with more urgency and aggressiveness.

Expect Miami to close this series out in six games, but for Boston to take Game 5 in convincing fashion.

Line/Against the spread (ATS)

The CELTICS -3 (-110) are one-basket favorites Friday night. Boston has struggled against the spread, failing to cover in four of its last six contests. If you are betting on the Boston money line but want a little bit better odds, consider taking them to cover the spread and win by 4 or more points.

If Boston wins this game, it will likely be by more than a three-pointer, so it's not hard to pick the Celtics to cover this spread at -110. Miami has covered four of the last five games against Boston, but expect the Celtics to bounce back here in Game 5.

Over/Under (O/U)

The total for this Eastern Conference Finals matchup is set at 213.5 points, which feels a bit low considering how the first four games of this series have gone. At least 221 total points were scored in three of the previous four contests, and in the one game that didn't top the projection that mark came in at 207 points.

While both of these defenses can really lock down at times, both squads have a ton of scoring options. Expect this game to stay around 215 or so points, but for the OVER 213.5 (-110) to ultimately hit in Orlando.

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