Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics Game 3 Prediction and Odds: 2023 NBA Playoffs

The Boston Celtics are 2-0 down going into Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals in Miami and they need to win tonight in order to stay in the series. The Heat have proven that they have the winning recipe against the Celtics which makes this game very interesting.

These odds from William Hill were correct at the time of writing.

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Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics – Game Predictions

The Miami heat are on the way to go back to the NBA Finals as they have a 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics. Still, they need to take care of business as the series moves to Miami and Boston is playing their best basketball with their backs against the wall.

Prediction 1: Boston Celtics to Cover the Spread (-3.5)

The Miami Heat won both games on the road in Boston and the easiest way is to go with them winning tonight as well. Still, the Celtics have proven they are a tough team to beat even when they are down and they will manage to stay in the series with a win tonight. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will prove why they were selected in the All-NBA teams this season. The Celtics will take control of Game 3 early on and unlike the previous one, they will know how to close it down by winning and covering the -3.5 points spread.

Prediction 2: Jayson Tatum over 30.5 points

Jayson Tatum has not scored a single point in the fourth quarters of the previous two games. That is the main reason why the Celtics are 2-0 down. Tonight, Tatum is not playing just for the team but also to prove that he is ready to step up when needed. He scored 51 against the Sixers in Game 7 of that series, and now when his team needs him the most, he will go hot once again scoring over 30.5 points tonight.

Heat vs Celtics Preview – Can the Celtics stay in the series?

The Celtics had problems in each of the previous two series but now they are 2-0 down and need to pick up their game before it is too late. The Celtics came into the Playoffs as the main favorite to win the championship and therefore, no one can write them off despite the current score in the series. The Celtics are a tough team and can definitely come back into the series but in order to do that, they absolutely need to win tonight, since no team ever has returned from a 3-0 deficit.

Miami Heat News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

The Miami Heat are in an excellent position having a 2-0 lead and coming back home for the next two games. Jimmy Butler is having an epic Playoff performance and as long as he plays on that level, the Heat can beat anybody. Still, they know that the job is not done yet and will have to keep playing as they did in Boston. With a shorten rotation and Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo still being out, coach Spoelstra needs to find a way to get the best out of each player in the rotation.

Miami Heat Injury Report:

Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo are out for the Heat.

Miami Heat Starting Lineup:

Max Struss, Gabe Vincent, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.

Boston Celtics News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

The Boston Celtics are in a deep hole after losing the opening two games of the series at home and now are heading to Miami hoping to bring the series back to Boston. Turning things around seems pretty unlikely for the Celtics but we all remember that they came back after being 3-2 down last year in the Eastern Conference Finals winning Game 7 on the road in Miami.

Boston Celtics Injury Report:

Danilo Gallinari is out for season.

Boston Celtics Starting Lineup:

Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford

Heat vs Celtics Head to Head Record In 2023

The Celtics and the Heat split the regular season series winning two games apiece.

Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics Game Details

Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics

  • Date & Time: Sunday, May 17, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Kaseya Center, Miami, FL
  • Where to watch in the UK: TNT on TV or fuboTV on a live stream

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