The NBA continues the Conference Finals on September 27. The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat will meet in Game 6 of their series as the Heat look to book a spot in the NBA Finals. These two teams have met in a great series so far and I expect a good Game 6. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
The Celtics finished out the regular season with a record of 48-24, which had them in third place of the Eastern Conference. Boston knocked out the Philadelphia 76ers in round one in four games. The Celtics then eliminated the Toronto Raptors in seven games. Now Boston is looking to erase a 3-1 series lead with a win in Game 6.
Miami earned a record of 44-29 throughout the regular season, which put them in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. The Heat met up with the Indiana Pacers in the first round and won in four games. Miami then faced the top seeded Milwaukee Bucks, winning in five games. The Heat are now looking to book a spot in the NBA Finals with a win on Sunday night.
These two teams have bounced back and forth throughout this series, which should lead to a great Game 6. The Heat are one game away from moving on, but the final game is always the toughest. Look for Boston to come out strong in this one as they try and force a big Game 7. If Miami can jump out to a nice lead though, they could book a spot in the NBA Finals.
Game 1 of this series was on September 15. Jayson Tatum dropped 30 points and 14 rebounds, but the Celtics came up short. Goran Dragic scored 29 points, while Jae Crowder scored 22 points. The Heat were able to run away with a 117-114 win to take a 1-0 series lead.
The second game of this series was on September 17. Kemba Walker scored 23 points, while Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both dropped 21 points. It still was not enough for the Celtics though. Goran Dragic scored 25 points, while the Heat’s starting lineup combined for 90 points. Miami finished with a 106-101 win to take a 2-0 series lead.
The third game of the series was on September 19. Bam Adebayo finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds. Tyler Herro scored 22 points off the bench, but the Heat took a tough loss. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart all finished with 20 or more points as the Celtics won 117-106 to close the series to 2-1.
Game 4 of this series was on September 23. Jayson Tatum dropped 28 points, while Jaylen Brown scored 21 points. The Celtics came up short again though. Tyler Herro scored 37 points off the bench. Jimmy Butler finished with 24 points as Miami took a 3-1 series lead with a 112-109 win.
The fifth and most recent game of the series was on September 25. Goran Dragic finished with 23 points, while Duncan Robinson scored 20 points. The Heat could not finish off the Celtics though. Jayson Tatum finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Jaylen Brown scored 28 points as Boston stayed alive with a 121-108 win.
Field Goal Shooting
The Celtics have been a solid shooting team throughout the postseason. Boston has made 45.6 percent of their shots from the field. The Celtics have also made 34.2 percent of their shots from deep in the postseason. Boston has made 46.9 percent of their shots from the field, while shooting 34.5 percent from deep in this series against the Heat.
Miami has been solid shooting throughout the playoffs. The Heat have made 45.2 percent of their shots from the field in this playoff run. Miami has also made 35.1 percent of their shots from deep in the postseason. In this series, the Heat have made 43.7 percent of their shots from the field and 30.1 percent of their shots from behind the arc.
Miami has been the better team shooting throughout this postseason, but it has been the Celtics who have been better in this series. The Heat have struggled to close out on the perimeter at times. If Boston’s defense can continue to shut down Miami from behind the arc, they could have a good chance to tie up this series.
Jayson Tatum has picked up his game for the Celtics in this series. He has averaged 26 points and 10 rebounds per game throughout this postseason. Jaylen Brown is averaging 21.5 points per game, while Kemba Walker has averaged 19.5 points per game. Marcus Smart is averaging 14 points per game, while Gordon Hayward has averaged 10.5 points per game.
Goran Dragic has been doing really well throughout the Heat’s run. Dragic has averaged 21.5 points per game, while Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.5 points per game. Bam Adebayo has averaged 17.5 points and 11 points per game. Tyler Herro has averaged 16.5 points per game off the bench, while Jae Crowder is averaging 12.5 points per game. Duncan Robinson rounds out the lineup, averaging 11 points per game.
These two teams have had a nice amount of scoring from their top players and depth players in this playoff run. Boston has gone 2-1 since Gordon Hayward reentered the lineup for them. Miami will look for their bench to step up with Herro if they want to earn a win in Game 6. The Celtics will look for their defense to keep up the strong play though to force a Game 7.
Miami has a nice 3-2 series lead, but I believe that the Celtics will force a Game 7 on Sunday night. Boston has played well throughout the playoffs and have been the better team shooting wise in this series. The Celtics will need their top players to step up, but if they can build off the momentum from Game 5, I think Boston can force a Game 7.
BetOnline has the Celtics listed as a -3 ½ against the spread for this one. This give a slight edge to Boston coming into this one. I believe that this line is right. The Celtics have been solid throughout this series and with how these team’s matchup, I expect them to go seven games. I really like Boston against the spread coming into this one.