The Boston Celtics once again avoided elimination by winning Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals with ease, cutting the Miami Heat’s series lead to 3-2.
Is it time for the Heat and their sponsors to get nervous about winning this series?
The momentum has returned to the team in green after big wins in Games 4 and 5, and so have the betting odds.
The odds for Jayson Tatum and the Celtics to win the series dropped once again after Thursday’s 110-97 win, from +240 to +110 (bet $100 to win $210 total). On the other hand, the Heat’s series odds drastically changed from -303 to -130 after Game 5.
In addition, the title odds of both teams also moved. Boston quickly dropped from +450 to +290 to win it all, while Miami went from +360 to +600.
The Celtics are again favored in Game 6 and would be heavy favorites for Game 7 at home.
Boston is trying to make NBA history, as no team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the series (although three teams have forced a Game 7).
Game 6 is Saturday in Miami. Jimmy Butler & Co. Can you close the streak at home? Will Gabe Vincent be available after missing Game 5 with an ankle injury?
Here’s a look at the series and game odds from a betting perspective, with odds via Bet FOX:
Celtics at Heat, 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday, TNT (Heat 3-2 main series)
Distribution of points: Celtics -3 (Celtics favored to win by 3+ points, otherwise heat coverage)
Moneyline: Celtics -140 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $17.14 total); Heat +120 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $22 total)
Total Over/Under Score: 211 points scored by the two teams together
Heat: -130 (bet $10 to win $17.69 total)
Celtics: +110 (bet $10 to win $21 total)
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Series schedule and scores (all times at 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT TV):
Game 1: Heat 123, Celtics 116
Game 2: Heat 111, Celtics 105
Game 3: Heat 128, Celtics 102
Game 4: Celtics 116, Heat 99
Game 5: Celtics 110, Heat 97
Game 6: Celtics at Heat, Saturday *
Game 7: Heat at Celtics, Monday *
* = if necessary
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