Posting date: May 25, 20,23, 11h41.
Last updated: May 25, 20,23 at 12:02h
Miami Heat point guard Gabe Vincent sustained a left ankle injury in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals and will miss Game 5 against the Boston Celtics.
Backup Kyle Lowry to Start Game 5
Vincent started 34 games this season, averaging 9.4 points, 2.5 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game. In the postseason, he was the Heat’s top scorer. Vincent averages 13.1 points and 4.1 assists per game while connecting on 37.5% of his 3-point attempts. Vincent averages 13.1 and 4.1 points per game, while connecting on 37.5%.
In 4 games against the Celtics Vincent averaged 17.5 per game. I made a lot more progress than when we arrived in Boston last night. “Gabe feels better but not well enough to play in an Eastern Conference Finals game,” said Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra. It’s wonderful having a Hall-of-Fame QB to step in.”
Kyle Lowery will start as point guard in game 5. Lowry was the starter for the first five weeks of the season, but he had to miss the rest because of a leg injury. Vincent became the Heat’s starter after Lowry recovered from his leg injury. Lowry then came off the Heat’s bench to finish the season. In the playoffs, he averages 9.2 and 4.5 assist off the bench. He’s also shooting 35% from 3-point range.
Betting the Heat/Celtics in Game 5
The #2 Celtics entered the Eastern Conference finals as the betting favorite at -525 odds to win the conference crown in consecutive seasons. The Celtics beat the Heat in the NBA Finals last year. The #8 Heat was the underdog in the conference semifinals at +400 odds. The Heat won the first two series games on the road, in Boston. They then opened a 3-1 lead in Miami with a 28 point blowout victory in Game 3. DraftKings says that the Heat have -255 odds of winning the series with a 3-1 advantage. The Celtics are +210 odds to win the series and rally back from an 0-3 deficit.
Oddsmakers installed the Celtics as a -8 favorite in Game 5. The Heat announced that Vincent would not be playing in this series. The point spread did not change. The Heat are 3-1 ATS against the Celtics and 11-4 ATS overall in the postseason.
The Denver Nuggets swept the Los Angeles Lakers to win the Western Conference and reach the NBA Finals. Nuggets -205 odds are the consensus favorites to win the NBA championship in 2022-23. Heat currently has +390 odds of winning the championship and Celtics have +450 odds.