Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Prediction: Can the Celtics Finish Off Heat in Game 6?

The Boston Celtics took the lead in the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night with a 93-80 victory against the Miami Heat. Can the Celtics finish the Heat at TD Garden in Game 6? Jason Radowitz answers.
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Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Prediction: Can the Celtics Finish Off Heat in Game 6?

The Miami Heat were without Tyler Herro, once again, in Game 5, at home. Again, the Heat lost to the Celtics, and now face elimination on Friday against the Celtics, on the road. The Celtics are much deeper and continue to have a new player step up in every series. That's what a championship team looks like. After a 93-80 win, the Celtics will now head back home for Game 6. If Boston wins at home, they'll head to the NBA Championship. Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Friday's game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Celtics vs. Heat Game 6 Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: May 27, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:30 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

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Celtics vs. Heat Injury Report

Heat:

Questionable: G Tyler Herro (Groin)

Celtics

Out: F Sam Hauser (Shoulder)

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Game 6 Prediction

In Game 5, the Boston Celtics didn't have their best shooting night to start the game. However, defensively, the Celtics were active, forcing the Miami Heat into a ton of three-point shots that they weren't making.

The Heat took 45 three-pointers and only hit seven of them at home. It's hard to believe that a one-seed, like the Heat, at home, could struggle so much from the floor.

The Celtics on the other hand shot 30.3% from downtown on 33 attempts but still hit 46.5% of shots in the game. Miami finished the game shooting just 31.9% from the floor, in an almost must-win situation.

The Heat have struggled to get a ton of offense without Tyler Herro. Make no mistake about that. Off the bench, Victor Oladipo has struggled recently. In Game 5, Oladipo scored just three points in 15 minutes on 1-for-7 from the field. Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent are getting minutes with Herro absent and have contributed but when Kyle Lowry puts up a goose egg, it's going to be hard to win games.

Meanwhile, the Celtics had Derrick White step up in a big way. White added 14 points and five assists off the bench and played extremely solid defensively. He stayed on the court in the fourth quarter to give Marcus Smart time to heal his ankle.

The Celtics didn't shoot well in the first half of Game 5 but eventually started to see shots fall in the second half. Jayson Tatum shot just 7-for-20 but was one assist shy of a triple-double. He played better all-around despite his shooting woes in the first half.

Coming into Game 6, the Celtics are now heavy favorites against the Heat. The Celtics are expected to finish the job, at home, against a Heat team that just looks too banged up to compete.

Jimmy Butler hasn't made a large impact since his knee injury and Tyler Herro has sat out the last two games due to injury.

Therefore, there's only one way to go about this. Take the Celtics to win by double figures in Game 6.

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Game 6 Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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