Celtics Now 5-0 SU and ATS after a Playoff Loss This Season

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  • The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 102-82 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
  • Boston is now 5-0 SU and ATS after a playoff loss this season.
  • The series is now tied at 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled in Miami on Wednesday night.

Never doubt the Boston Celtics after a playoff loss.

Boston headed to Game 4 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals coming off a Game 3 loss to the Miami Heat. The Celtics entered Monday’s Game 4 as a -7 point spread and -320 Moneyline favorites. The oddsmakers were so right on Boston.

The Celtics dominated the Heat from start to finish and won the game 102-82 to tie the series at 2 games apiece.

Celtics Storm to a 57-33 Halftime Lead

The Celtics put the clamps on the Heat offense as Boston did not allow Miami to make a field goal in the first nine minutes of the game. Miami missed 15 of its first 16 shots to allow Boston to take a 29-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and storm to a 57-33 upper hand at the half. Boston cruised the rest of the way and was never threatened.

Boston’s defense shut down the Heat, holding them down to their second-lowest scoring game in the current 2022 NBA Playoffs with only 82 points. None of the Heat’s starting five scored in double digits as they combined to score only 18 points in Game 4, the fewest by a starting unit in the playoffs since starter stats were tracked in 1971.

Bam Adebayo, who had an impressive Game 3 for the Heat, disappeared once again and scored only 9 points on five shots on Monday night. Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler was 3-14 from the field and scored only six-point while Kyle Lowry had three points on one FG made in six attempts. Game 3 hero Max Strus went scoreless in seven total field goal attempts.

5-0 SU and ATS After a Playoff Loss

With Monday’s win, the Celtics improved to 5-0 SU and ATS after a playoff loss. Boston has not lost back-to-back games in the current postseason and that has been proven twice in the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals. After losing Game 1 to the Heat 118-107, Boston stormed back to take Game 2 127-102 to tie the series. Miami responded by beating Boston at the TD Garden 109-103 in Game 3 but Boston proved to be resilient again as they delivered a second blowout win in the series.

The Celtics swept the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the 2022 playoffs. Then in the next round, Boston faced defending champions Milwaukee. The Celtics lost Game 1 by 12 points and they responded with a 13-point victory in Game 2. Milwaukee triumphed in Game 3 but Boston bounced back in Game 4. The Bucks took a 3-2 lead by taking Game 5 but again, the Celtics responded with a Game 6 win on the road and then eliminated the Bucks in Game 7.

Now the Celtics have opened as -1.5 point spread and -123 Moneyline favorites to win Game 5 in Miami on Wednesday night. Game 5 will probably end up as the most important in the series as 82% of the Game 5 winner in a 2-2 series has gone on to win the series.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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