Hello, NBA fans, we got our first Second Round team as the Celtics steamrolled the Nets 113:109 and now that we head deeper into the First Round, more clarity will ensue from here on. The matters are much more complicated in the West but Warriors may qualify soon while so may the Mavs. Let us come back to the East though where the Miami Heat is also just a game away from sealing the place to the next round and the team will clash against the Hawks here in Game five. Will Trae Young once again get stormed by the irritating defense of the Heat?Where to Watch Miami Heat-Atlanta Hawks
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Total: So, what is the odds chatter at 22bet? The bookmakers remain adamant that the equal odds of 1.90 bring a total of Over/Under 217.5. This is against the theme considering the last game fetched just 196 points, however, two games before that brought up 221 and 220. The lower number of the total has been due to Hawks’ struggle as the Heat has hit the barrier off 110 at least in each game thus. I expect them to do so again and explode further. But I think the Hawks are going to face another shutdown. That is why the total will likely go “under” here, it is a tough one. (Total Under 217.5)
Player Props: Bookmakers at bet365 predict odds of 1.86 for Jimmy Butler going Over 25.5 Points here(At least 26 points). Jimmy had 36 in the last game following a 21 points night and at home, I see him popping off for a big night. I believe Butler will have a strong scoring night here, scoring at least 27 points. That’s why I’d go “Over” here.. (Player Props: Player Points: Jimmy Butler Over 25.5)
Handicap: Bookmakers at 1xbet believe the Heat has an overwhelming edge here and a highly favorable 1.32 odds of winning this game. Miami has registered three victories with at least a margin of ten points, two of them being by 24 points. I believe this will be another lopsided Heat win and I’d gamble on a handicap of 10.5 here which has the odds of 2.425 (Handicap 1 -10.5)
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Hawks' offense has been held below 100 points twice now and the major reason for that has been the struggles of Trae Young. He is shooting 32% from the floor, a mere 20% from the three-point line, and has committed five or more turnovers in each game, making for an abysmal period. Except for DeAndre Hunter, who has been efficient and high-yielding, the likes of Kevin Huerter and Danilo Gallinari have not made a deep impact, scoring below 10 mostly while Bogdan Bogdanovic despite a couple of 20+ points nights, has been held below 10 twice as well. John Collins has been a decent offensive option but he is not the ace-type who can take over games. Delon Wright has given quality minutes off the bench while Clint Capela’s injury has affected his aggressiveness. The Hawks need a miracle here to mount a comeback but their away from home records don’t aspire much confidence, do they?
Miami is a prime example of winning through defense. Trust me, their offense hasn’t been all that stellar even though they have points show for it? Why do I say it? Tyler Herro has scored below 10 in two games and he is way off his season averages at this point. Kyle Lowry is absent at this point and was inefficient when he played. Max Strus is reliable but not a shotcreator. Bam Adebayo has not been a high-yielding offensive player, focusing his energy more of the defensive side? Then who is getting it done? Of course, Jimmy Butler who has been the only player in the series to score at least 20 points in all of the games and he has been itching to progress ahead and aim for the higher goals, i.e. the championship. Still, the Heat will need Herro to fire from the field to tackle a team like the 76ers in the next round, but first in the agenda is to do away with the Hawks.
Heat vs Hawks: possible lineups
- Heat most likely starting five: PG: Gabe Vincent | SG: Max Strus | SF: Jimmy Butler | PF: PJ Tucker | C: Bam Adebayo Key bench players: Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Victor Oladipo, DeWayne Dedmon, Caleb Martin;
- Hawks most likely starting five: PG: Trae Young | SG: Kevin Huerter | SF: Deandre Hunter | PF: John Collins | C: Clint Capela. Key bench players: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Danilo Gallinari, Delon Wright, Onyeka Okongwu