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Shaquille O'Neal predicts Miami Heat will win Game 5 against Boston Celtics if it's a close game

TNT analyst Shaquille O'Neal is one of the few who believes the Miami Heat have a chance against the Boston Celtics tonight in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Heat are playing without Jaime Jaquez, Jimmy Butler and Terry Rozier, but O'Neal believes they will win if it's a close game.

“They definitely believe they can win, especially offensively,” O'Neal said. “If they have another game like Game 2, of course they can win. We know they will play hard. We know they will play together. They won't give up. If.” The game is nearing the end, I'm going with Miami.

O'Neal's co-host Charles Barkley said it would be a colossal failure if the top-seeded Celtics were eliminated tonight.

“Without Butler and Jaquez, if they lose this game, if they don’t win this game, I’m out of control,” Barkely said.

Here is the game preview:

Time: 7:30 p.m

Where: TD Garden, Boston

TV: TNT, Bally Sports

Betting line: Heat +14.5

Key Points: The Heat and Celtics met three times this regular season, with Boston winning each game. The Heat are 53-83 overall against the Celtics in the regular season, including 30-40 in home games and 23-43 in away games. The teams enter the postseason after competing against each other
another six times in the playoffs, including four times in the Eastern Conference Finals (2012, 2020, 2022, 2023), once in the semifinals (2011) and once in the first round (2010). The HEAT have a playoff series record of 4-2 against Boston during that span, which leads to a postseason record of 20-17 against the Celtics. This will be the fourth time in five years that the Heat and Celtics have met in the playoffs. The Celtics lead the series 3-1.

PROJECTED STARTERS

HEAT

G Delon Wright

G Tyler Herro

ADVERTISING

C Bam Adebayo

F Caleb Martin

F Nikola Jovic

CELTIC

F Jayson Tatum

F. Jaylen Brown

C Kristaps Porzingis

G Jrue holiday

G Derrick White

INJURY REPORT

HEAT

Josh Richardson: Out – right shoulder surgery

Jimmy Butler: Out – knee

Terry Rozier: Out – neck spasms

Jaime Jaquez: Out – Hip

CELTIC

Kristaps Porzingis: Questionable – foot

QUOTABLE: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Game 5: “We proved we can win in a lot of different ways. But I think we have a game. I think we have an offensive game in us… Our guys really want to get something done. “Back to Miami and we'll have a great game in front of our fans.

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