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(2-2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics (2-2)
Eastern Conference Finals: Game 5
Date: Wednesday May 23
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -11, Cavaliers -110
NBA Betting Odds: Pick’em
NBA Betting Total: 206
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The Cavaliers made the most of their home game, tying up a series that looks like it could go either way at this point. LeBron is LeBron but clearly the supporting cast enjoys home cooking. To take the series though they have to find a way to win in Boston.
Game fives are always critical and in this case especially so for Boston because they have to flip the momentum back.
They are such a young team that it is totally understandable they would play much better at home but they have to go out and do it again.
The Cavaliers got off to a great start and hung on for the win in game four against Boston. It was kind of a combination of everything they do and don’t do in getting the victory that ties up the series.
First off LeBron was a monster with 44 points. He took 28 shots but made a high percentage as it seems the strategy was to not let the supporting players beat them by the Celtics. I do like the approach but sometimes this happens.
Among that cast George Hill and Kyle Korver played well but JR Smith and Kevin Love did not. That is why we got a final score that was somewhat in doubt throughout the second half. Not everyone was clicking.
The momentum has shifted in this series for sure but that is only as good as the Cavs ability to make long distance shots it seems. They need someone to prove that those first couple of games from the perimeter is not a pattern.
I am not expecting anything difference tactically from Cleveland, it will just be a matter of execution.
Boston is tied up in the series but they still have to like their chances given they get two of the next three games at home. Still, all of the buzz right now is how they might have finally reached the point where not having Kyrie Irving is really starting to hurt them.
Even though they hacked away at the Cavaliers early lead the Celtics had an inefficient game. I love the confidence of Marcus Smart and his play has been invaluable but he has to turn down some of those three pointers they are giving him.
This is definitely turning into a very interesting series. Is returning home enough for the Celtics or will Brad Stevens come up with something that is a difference maker. I think it is going to be a bit of both in game five.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 Wednesday games.
- Under is 4-1 in Cavaliers last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 6-2 in Cavaliers last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Under is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 7-1 in Celtics last 8 games following a straight up loss.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Sometimes a pick’em is a toss up and sometimes it is all about letting the market decide which is the “better” side. My hunch is that this number will have the Cavaliers as the favourite by the time tipoff comes.
It is hard to argue with that opinion given what we just saw in Cleveland. Boston is good but perhaps not ready to this level of challenge.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics PK
Boston has been so much better at home in these playoffs. I can ride that to another win in this back and forth series.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 105 – Cleveland 100
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