Get box score updates on the Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics basketball game. The Eastern Conference finals is now tied after the Boston Celtics dominates the Miami Heat in Game 4 to grab a 102-82 win Monday night.
The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics will meet for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.
The Boston Celtics have enjoyed the comforts of home their last two games, but now they must head out on the road. They will square off against the Miami Heat at 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at FTX Arena. Boston will be strutting in after a victory while Miami will be stumbling in from a loss.
The Celtics are hoping for another win. They blew past the Heat 102-82 on Monday. The matchup was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 57-33. Boston can attribute much of their success to small forward Jayson Tatum, who had 31 points and five assists in addition to eight rebounds. Tatum hadn't helped his team much against Miami this past Saturday, so this was a nice turnaround for him.
Boston's win brought them up to 2-2 while Miami's defeat pulled them down to an identical 2-2. Both teams are in the playoff hunt, so this is a critical game. The Celtics are expected to win this handily, but they should have beaten the Detroit Pistons Feb. 16 easily too and instead slipped up with a 112-111. In other words, don't count the Heat out just yet.
Jayson Tatum sticks up for Joel Embiid with sensible All-NBA suggestion originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid finished second in NBA MVP voting this year. He was the second- or third-best player in the league this season.
And yet, because of how the All-NBA process works, the superstar big man was not one of the five players named to the first team Tuesday.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, who edged out Embiid for his second consecutive MVP award, was the center on the All-NBA first team. These teams are based on positions, so Embiid had to be on the second team despite having more first-place votes and total points for the first team than Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum.
The Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat and Celtics continue Wednesday night with the series tied 2-2, so let's take a look at some of the best player prop bets for Game 5 in Miami.
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Celtics vs. Heat: Best player prop bets for Game 5
Picks by Lucy Burdge
Jayson Tatum OVER 28.5 points (-105) on DraftKings
Tatum is coming off a 31-point Game 4, and I don't see him slowing down. In fact, he outscored the Heat's starting five in that game, so he has huge momentum heading into Game 5. He also hit this OVER in Game 1 and Game 2 of this series with 29 points and 27 points, respectively. With the pressure certainly mounting in this Game 5, I absolutely think Tatum will put up huge points against the Heat and do everything he can to help the Celtics pull ahead in this series.
Al Horford OVER 8.5 rebounds (-135) on DraftKings
Horford had a massive 14 rebounds in Game 4 and 13 in Game 3, so I think he can keep these rebound numbers up and hit the OVER in Game 5. He also hit this OVER in two games against the Bucks with 10 in each of those two games. He's averaging 10.3 rebounds per game against Miami and 8.6 rebounds in his past 10 games, so I see a fantastic opportunity for him to hit this OVER.Warfe