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Eastern Conference Finals: Game 6
Date: Friday May 25
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavaliers -333, Celtics +265
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -7
NBA Betting Total: 201.5
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We get the first elimination game here and there is a very real chance that LeBron James is not going back to the NBA Finals. There is also a very real possibility that he puts on his cape and wills the Cavaliers to another day.
Boston looked sharp in getting the series back in their favour at home on Wednesday but winning on the road has been a challenge throughout the playoffs.
The Celtics did not look like a team struggling with confidence after losing back to back games on the road. They played great defense but the offense was a bit staid. They have played better but they are up 3-2 nonetheless.
If they are going to close this one out on the road they have to get Terry Rozier on track. I love his confidence but he can shoot you out of a game if you let him. He has struggled on the road in the past so he will be one to watch.
The same goes for Marcus Smart. I know he can influence a game without scoring but when he is actually making shots the Celtics are very difficult to defend. He made half of his three but played less minutes than normal in the G5 win.
Boston did a great job defensively in game five. They limited the Cavaliers from the arc and were able to force a lot of turnovers. They never let any of the supporting players really get going, which will be much harder on the road.
This is another possible letdown spot for Boston. Obviously they have a cushion and the series could return to the Garden but eliminating LeBron with all of that on the line would be an even bigger challenge. Now is the time to strike.
Losing game five was not a good look for the Cavaliers. They essentially looked lifeless and could not match the intensity and that Boston brought to them. They obviously can’t afford another outing like that if they want to get back to the Finals.
LeBron made half of his shots and led all scorers with 26 points but he lacked the bounce that you usually see in his game. This one will have lots of drama because you have to wonder if it could be James’ last game in a Cavs uniform.
Other than James only Kevin Love scored in double figures. If they are going to win the game they need to double that to at least four players. Being home helps but will it be enough. Ty Lue is feeling a lot of heat right now from G5 and it is justified. Does he have the answer.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Under is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Under is 5-1 in Cavaliers last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Under is 5-1 in Cavaliers last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
The Cavs were 6.5 point favourites in home games three and four and now this number is a little larger, though they are coming off a loss. Looks like market stuff to me.
I predicted (wrongly) that Boston would love and cover on the road. This time I think they will win and cover.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics +7
Obviously the win nets a cover as well. I will take the point and maybe get on the moneyline too if it looks like things are breaking our way.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 103 – Cavaliers 98
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