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NBA history still does not have a season in which both conference finals ended in 4-0 sweeps.

That means Adam Silver is smiling … perhaps. The guy smiles about as often as his body double, Slugworth from the Willy Wonka movie, plays nice with children. But be that as it may, we have another basketball game Thursday night, which means Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson have had to postpone their flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. They can afford the change fees.

Boston had a 30-point edge on 3-pointers last night as Tyler Herro watched with that silly purple hat.

Also, Boston went on an 18-0 run in that three-minute, third-quarter spurt that helped erase a nine-point deficit. It changed the game and — the Celtics hope — might end up changing the series.

Three times in NBA history has a team come back from an 0-3 deficit to force a seventh game. They were the 1951 Rochester Royals against the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals, the 1994 Denver Nuggets against the Utah Jazz, and the 2003 Dallas Mavericks against the Portland Trail Blazers.

None of them won Game 7.

Successful comebacks from 0-3 deficits have happened once in baseball (2004 Boston Red Sox vs. the New York Yankees), four times in the NHL and 18 times in foreign baseball, soccer, basketball and hockey leagues.

Can the Celtics become the first in the NBA? Hey, look: With Herro and Victor Oladipo out, the Heat do not have the same number of dead-eye 3-point shooters that Boston has. Duncan Robinson used to be one of them, but he was 0-for-4 last night and made only 63 this last season after making 232 the previous year. Your list of “Players Most Likely to be Traded This Offseason” should have Mr. Duncan Donut in the Top 5 … unless he repeats his 22-point performance from Game 3. Mr. Consistency he is not.

As for the Celtics, the books are certainly not writing them off. Check this out:

Celtics vs Heat Game 5 Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under – NBA Playoffs Betting Lines 5/25

Moneyline: Boston Celtics (-300), Miami Heat (+240)
Spread: Boston Celtics -7.5 (-115), Miami Heat +7.5 (-105)
Total: Over/Under 216.5 points

Best Celtics vs Heat Player Prop Bets Thursday for Game 5 on May 25th

Jayson Tatum

He had a 33-11-7 line on Tuesday night as he was clearly once again the best Celtics player on the court. He has been under 30 points just once in the past five games and under 29 only seven times in 17 total postseason games. His rebounding numbers (12 double-figure totals in 17 games) average out to 10.1 per game after he averaged 8.8 during the regular season, and with all due respect to Jimmy Butler, Tatum may be the most talented player not named Jokic left in the playoffs.

He is on the Betway board at 30.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, which seems right on the money. But under Betway’s Same Game Parlay tab, there are different choices… and that is what we want to highlight. Tatum had only one triple-double all season, so the +900 price there is not enticing. But double-doubles? He has had 12 in the playoffs after having 31 in the regular season. And although the odds are short, you got start somewhere .. and sometimes you start with likely wagers when building a SGP.

Leg-1: Jayson Tatum to double-double (-255)

Jimmy Butler

Back to the double-double thing. Playoff Jimmy has had three of them in 15 playoff games and would have had a fifth with one additional rebound Tuesday night. In the regular season he had 11 double-doubles, but he finished two digits shy of a triple-double five times. At 1200 to triple-double there is too much risk. But a double-double? We like that.

Leg-2: Jimmy Butler to double-double (+175)

Jaylen Brown

This formerly masked man had a double-double in Game 1 against Atlanta and has not had one since. He had 14 off them during the regular season, seven of them at home – including one against Miami. In order to extend this series, the Celtics are going to need dominant performances from two players, and we ain’t looking for Al Horford or Derrick White or Robert/Grant Williams to be that guy. It needs to be Brown, and his price is wager worthy.

Leg-3: Jaylen Brown to double-double (+475)

Best NBA Same Game Parlay Picks Thursday for Celtics vs Heat Game 5: 3-Leg Parlay Picks (+2000)

Look, there are four great players in this series, and we are leaving Bam Adebayo out of this parlay because his odds are not enticing. There will be an unlikely contributor, perhaps Caleb Martin, perhaps Marcus Smart or Max Strus. But with the stakes so high, we are comfortable going with the three studs. If you are so inclined to include an Adebayo double-double on your parlay slip, that is on you (and it will up the odds to +5500). We are not counseling against it, and we would even suggest that you play both parlays. But for the purposes of this article, we are sticking with three.

A $100 wager would pay $2,100. With Adebayo added in, $100 brings back $5,600.

The pick: Jayson Tatum to double-double (-255); Jimmy Butler to double-double (+175); Jaylen Brown to double-double (+475)

Odds subject to change*

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