The two fascinating NBA Conference Finals matchups continue over the next two days with some important Game 5’s. Find our best bets for both games right here!
NBA Playoffs Betting Picks: Wednesday May 25th
Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
FTX Arena, Wednesday 8:30pm ET
The Celtics brought the heat in Game 4 of this series with a strong 20-point win on their home deck to tie the series up at 2-2. It was a brave win from the Celtics after the heartbreak they suffered in their Game 3 defeat where they shot themselves in the foot with sloppy turnovers.
The Heat certainly won’t be happy with the performance they dished up in Game 4, particularly with how clunky they looked on the offensive end. They managed to score just 82 points for the game, which is their second-lowest total of the playoffs to date. A big reason for their poor play was the lack of impact from Jimmy Butler who clearly looks to be struggling with the injury he picked up late in the first half of Game 3.
The good news for the Heat heading into Game 5 is that both Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry are expected to suit up, however that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re fighting fit. On the other hand, the Celtics have just about a clean bill of health and look to be building and becoming stronger with every game in this series. With that said, I’m happy to be with the Celtics to win on the road and take a 3-2 lead.
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors
Chase Center, Thursday 9pm ET
With their backs against the wall being down 3-0 in the series, the Mavericks brought the Heat in Game 4 and secured a fantastic wire-to-wire win. They shot the absolute lights out from deep with 20 three-pointers at 46.5% and shot 50% from the floor for the first time in the Conference Finals. Their 119-109 win extends this series to at least five games, which is a whole lot better than the humiliation of getting swept.
While Luka Doncic was still a very important cog in their big Game 4 win, the Mavericks finally got some much-needed help from their role players and that proved to be the difference. The trio of Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber combined for 54 points, outduelling the prolific Warriors trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole who managed only 46 points between them.
The Warriors have obviously been the far better dog in the fight through four games, but the Mavericks were finally able to start hitting their shots in Game 4 and there very well may be some carry over effect from that. In another massive do or die clash, I expect them to bring the heat once again and push the Warriors all the way.