The NBA Eastern Conference Finals continue for Game 5 in Miami on Wed., May 25. The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are tied 2-2 following the Celtics 102-82 Game 4 win. Boston has yet to lose back-to-back games in the postseason, going 5-0 after an loss with an average margin of victory of 17.7 points per game.
Another tight line on FanDuel Sportsbook shows Boston is a 2.5-point favorite in Game 5 on the road at Miami. Which players will rise up for the key playoff game?
Bettors can get in on the action in a variety of ways, including prop bets. Here are three props to target for Game 5.
Celtics vs Heat Props Game 5
1. Alternate Total Points: Under 199.5 (+142)
Despite the first two games of this series going over the total by at least 20 points, the oddsmakers have posted a lower total than those two games at 202. Injuries are playing a part in this series, and both PJ Tucker and Tyler Herro are day-to-day for the Heat, while Marcus Smart and Robert Williams are questionable for the Celtics. More defensive pressure from the top two efficiency defenses in the East, and we'll go for a bigger score on an alternative total.
2. PJ Tucker - Points: Under 7.5 (-124)
Tucker has been a non-factor on the offensive end against the Celtics strong defense and length. He did not score in 21 minutes of play in Game 4, and in the Heat's two home games he scored just 5 points in each contest. Boston has five players who received a First Team All-Defensive team vote, and their rotations and length have affected Tucker's production.
3. Bam Adebayo - Alternate Points: Under 13.5 (+168)
Bam's points prop is set at 15.5. But let's go for a big score and bet him to score 13 points or less. His production hinges on the status of Robert Williams. who is questionable (knee soreness), but likely plays as he did in Game 4 for 18 minutes while limiting Bam to 9 points and 6 rebounds.