Game 5 Heat-Celtics Best NBA Player Props: Grant Williams Emerges as Key Player to Keep Celtics Alive

NBA Prop Pick: Grant Williams Over 6.5 Points (-120) at Bet365

Top Picks for Thursday

  • Grant Williams Over 6.5 Points (-120)
  • Jimmy Butler Over 28.5 Points (-105)
  • Marcus Smart Over 5.5 Assists (-155)

Can the Boston Celtics stay alive in their elimination game against the Miami Heat tonight? The Celtics are down 3-1 but will have the home-court advantage tonight.

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics

Thursday, May 25, 2023 – 08:30 PM EDT at TD Garden

Grant Williams (Boston Celtics)

After failing to get off the bench in the Celtics’ series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Grant Williams is becoming an important part of the Celtics’ rotation in their series against the Miami Heat.

Williams has the confidence and gumption to go face-to-face with Jimmy Butler, which is important in a series against the hard-fighting Heat. Williams’ strong attitude and defensive intensity helped the Celtics stay alive and force this Game 5 tonight.

The Pick

Grant Williams only played 12 minutes combined in the final two games against the Philadelphia 76ers, severely depressing his postseason averages. Because of these limited minutes, Williams is only averaging 5.5 points per game this postseason, one of the main numbers the book uses to set their line. However, Williams’s averaging 9.6 points per game in the series against the Heat.

Williams had 14 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes in the Celtics’ 116-99 Game 4 win against the Heat. Williams had seven field goal attempts, six of which were from behind the 3-point arc. Williams is shooting above 50% from three-point range in the series. He will continue his hot shooting and go Over his point prop tonight.

NBA Prop Pick: Grant Williams Over 6.5 Points (-120) at Bet365

Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat)

Jimmy Butler has been the heart and soul of the Miami Heat team this postseason. Butler has increased his level of play more than anyone from the regular season to the postseason. Butler averaged 22.9 points per game during the regular season and is averaging 29.9 points per game during the postseason.

The Pick

Jimmy Butler has gone Over this point prop total twice in the series. He should have even more minutes tonight as the Heat attempts to close out the series and get some rest before the NBA Finals.

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will not be hesitant to play Butler extra minutes tonight if it means giving his team some rest before the next round.

Our second player prop for the evening is Jimmy Butler Over 28.5 points.

NBA Prop Pick: Jimmy Butler Over 28.5 Points (-105) at BetMGM

Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics)

Although Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown rack up the stats, Marcus Smart truly is the Celtics’ most valuable player. The Celtics rely on Smart for his defensive skills and his ability to raise the intensity of the whole team. The team feeds off Smart’s fiery leadership and his unwillingness to back down from any situation.

The Pick

Marcus Smart has gone Over tonight’s assist prop total in three of his last four games. Smart is taking a higher amount of the ball-handling duties, as the Celtics switched back to their bigger lineup featuring Robert Williams and Al Horford.

This means that less opportunities for Derrick White and Malcolm Brogdon, as Smart is needed on the floor for his defense, so he will never be taken out of the lineup. With Smart playing more of the point guard role he has had more opportunities for assists. Smart is averaging seven assists per game during this series.

Our third player prop for the evening is Marcus Smart Over 5.5 assists.

NBA Prop Pick: Marcus Smart Over 5.5 Assists (-155) at Bet365 is your sports betting command center. Read featured betting strategy compiled from a panel of leading sports betting experts.

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