The NBA Conference Finals continue on Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat meet up for Game 4 of their series. These two teams have put up strong matchups throughout this series, which should lead to another good one in game 4. This game will tip off at around 8:30 PM Eastern time on ESPN on September 23.
Boston finished out the season with a record of 48-24, which had them finish in third place of the Eastern Conference. The Celtics met up with the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round and swept them in four games. Boston then took on the Toronto Raptors, where the Celtics moved on in seven games. Boston now will look to tie up this series with a win in Game 4.
The Heat earned a record of 44-29 throughout the regular season, which helped put Miami in the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat faced the Indiana Pacers in the first round and won in four games. Miami then took on the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round, where they won in five games. The Heat can now push the Celtics to the brink of elimination with a win on Tuesday night.
These two teams have met in an exciting series so far, which should lead to another good one on Wednesday night. The Celtics and the Heat have both dominated throughout the postseason. Boston needs to tie up the series in Game 4 to avoid a tough 3-1 deficit. I expect the Heat to come out strong though after losing in Game 3.
Game 1 of this series was back on September 15. Jayson Tatum dropped 30 points and 14 rebounds, while Marcus Smart scored 26 points. Goran Dragic finished with 29 points, while Jae Crowder scored 22 points. Jimmy Butler finished with another 20 points as the Heat were able to win in overtime. Miami took a 1-0 series lead with a 117-114 win in overtime.
The second game of this series was back on September 17. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both finished with 21 points and Kemba Walker dropped 23 points. The Celtics still could not earn the win though. Goran Dragic scored 25 points, while Bam Adebayo finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Duncan Robinson dropped 18 points as the Heat won 106-101 to take a 2-0 series lead.
Game 3 of this series was back on September 19. Bam Adebayo scored 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Tyler Herro scored 22 points. The Heat fell up short this time though. Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart all scored 20 or more points to help the Celtics earn a huge win. Boston cut the series to 2-1 with a 117-106 win.
These two teams have met in an exciting series so far. The Heat won back to back games to open up the series, but both games were very much within range for the Celtics. Boston took over in Game 3 though as their starting lineup stepped up. Look for both of these teams to come out strong in Game 4 as they try and take a much needed win.
Field Goal Shooting
The Celtics have been solid when shooting from the field throughout this playoff run. Boston has been able to make around 45.5 percent of their shots from the field in the playoffs. The Celtics have also made 34.3 percent of their shots from deep, which is not great. In this series, Boston has sunk 47.3 percent of their shots from the field and 35.4 percent of their shots from behind the arc.
Miami has been doing well throughout the postseason when it comes to field goal shooting. The Heat have made 45.4 percent of their shots from the field and an impressive 37 percent of their shots from behind the arc. Miami has made 43.5 percent of their shots from the field and 34.1 percent of their shots from deep throughout this series with the Celtics.
Boston has been the better team when it comes to shooting from the field and from deep throughout this series. The Celtics have had a great defense throughout this postseason. Miami will need to shut down Boston though if they want to take a 3-1 series lead. These two teams have met in defensive struggles throughout this series and Game 4 should be no different.
Jayson Tatum has been doing well for the Celtics throughout this postseason. Tatum has averaged 25.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Jaylen Brown is averaging 21 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Kemba Walker has averaged 20 points per game, while Marcus Smart is averaging 14.5 points per game to help round out this lineup.
Goran Dragic has stepped up in amazing ways throughout this playoff run. Dragic is averaging 21.5 points throughout the postseason. Jimmy Butler has averaged 20.5 points per game. Bam Adebayo is averaging 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, while Tyler Herro has averaged 15 points per game off the bench. Jae Crowder has averaged 13.5 points, while Duncan Robinson is averaging 11 points per game.
These two teams have had players step up in big ways for their team throughout this postseason. The Heat have more depth in this series, but Tatum and Brown have dominated at times for the Celtics. If Miami’s lineup can play well up and down in Game 4, it will give them an edge, while Boston will look to slow down the Heat’s depth.
The Heat took the first two games of this series by tight margins, but the Celtics finally broke through in Game 4. Gordon Hayward returned to the lineup and I expect him to make more of an impact as he plays more. I like Boston to tie up this series on Wednesday night as they try and avoid a bigger deficit. If the Celtics can keep shutting down Miami on defense, I like their chances to win in Game 4.
BetOnline has Boston listed as a -3 against the spread. This gives a slight edge to the Celtics coming into Game 4. I agree with this line as Boston has been the better team in this series in my opinion. If the Celtics played better down the stretch in Game’s 1 and 2, they could be up 3-0 in this series. I expect Boston to continue to clean up their game as they look to tie up the series on Wednesday night.