One win away from a fourth-straight Eastern Conference Finals appearance, the Miami Heat hosts the Brooklyn Nets in Game 5 of their 2014 NBA playoffs series. On May 14, Zach Harper of CBS Sports previews tonight’s contest, which can be seen live on TNT Sports (national TV) and TNT Overtime (free online live stream).
Led by LeBron James’ (postseason) career-high 49 points, Miami took a commanding 3-1 over Brooklyn Monday night, and will have a chance to close things out at home. American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla., will be the site for Game 5 of this best-of-seven series, and opening tipoff is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET (6:10 p.m. CT/5:10 p.m. MT/4:10 p.m. PT).
Thus far, the 2014 Eastern Conference Semifinals have been a perfect illustration of how regular-season basketball compares to the NBA playoffs. Despite sweeping the pre-season and regular season meetings with Miami, Brooklyn finds itself on the brink of elimination just five games in.
As Mitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News reports, a loss would mean that Mikhail Prokhorov’s $180 million investment ultimately translates to a 44-38 squad capable of winning a grand total of five playoff games. It’s hard to imagine that anyone in the organization will be satisfied with those results, even if Brooklyn did play the two-time defending NBA champs pretty well.
In contrast, the series with the Nets has been exactly what the Heat needed on their way to a three-peat, and head coach Erik Spoelstra has to be thrilled with (most of) the results. In a May 13 report, Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today offers great insight about Miami’s ability to execute on both ends of the floor, and protect/extend leads in close ballgames.
However, conventional wisdom not only suggests that close-out games are the toughest to win the NBA playoffs, but also that eliminating a battle-tested teams are no easy tasks. So, is there any way that the Brooklyn Nets can live to fight another day by stealing one from the Miami Heat at home this evening?
Not a chance, say NBA playoffs ESPN oddsmakers, who list Miami [-8] as eight-point favorites to defeat Brooklyn [+8] in Game 5. In addition, the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 190 points, and straight-up lines go as follows: Nets +280 vs. Heat -360.
ATS Action Prior to Game 5 TV Schedule Start Time
Brooklyn Nets spread: 43 percent.
Miami Heat spread: 57 percent.
OVER wagers: 61 percent.
UNDER wagers: 39 percent.
Betting Trends Prior to Free Live Stream TNT Online Feed
Nets are 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss.
Nets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
Nets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Heat is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Heat is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record.
Heat is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
NBA Playoffs 2014: Nets vs. Heat Key Stats to Consider
OVER is 5-1 in Brooklyn’s last 6 Wednesday games.
OVER is 4-1 in Brooklyn’s last 5 road games.
OVER is 4-1 in Miami’s last 5 Eastern Conference Semifinal games.
UNDER is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Miami.
Home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
Brooklyn is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 meetings in Miami.