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(3-1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics (1-3)
Eastern Conference Round 3: Game 5
Date: Thursday May 25
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavaliers -550, Celtics +425
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
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The Cavs are looking to close out the series so they can get on with their Finals rematch against the Warriors. I think pretty much everyone else is ready for that too at this point.
Boston was not able to carry the momentum from their surprise G3 win into G4. Sure they started well but once Cleveland finalized their attack Boston had no answers.
Cleveland came out flat in G4 and LeBron was actually in foul trouble. It was almost like the gods were conspiring against that Finals repeat we all want so much. But then things changed.
LeBron ultimately scored 34 points but it was Kyrie Irving who was the star last game. He scored more than 20 points in the third quarter as the Cavs took control of the game on his way to 42 points.
Irving is one of the most fascinating players in the NBA. It is obvious that he can take over almost any game but so often he seems just an ordinary star. When he is going though he is so tough to start because he mixes drives and shots so well.
Kevin Love chipped in 17 points and 17 rebounds and it kind of seemed like he was barely there in G4. No one else scored more than 7 points as it appears Ty Lue has changed his rotation patterns.
Channing Frye has not been involved much in this series even though he has often been the Cavs secret weapon bombing from the outside. Their starting bigs have been playing a lot more.
Boston was gangbusters in the first quarter of G4. They put Kelly Olynyk in the lineup and for the first half the tactic worked. Boston was up 10 at half time.
Even though he contributed to making life miserable for LeBron the Celtics did not get much production from Marcus Smart. Smart is not a shooter but they turned him into one. Which was advantage Cleveland.
Gerald Green was supposed to be a weapon for Boston but he did not even get off the bench in G3. It was an interesting move, especially when things shifted in the second half.
Brad Stevens is a really good coach but I wonder if he might be getting too cute with his strategies and unwilling to adapt on the fly. He only has one chance left to prove otherwise.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Cavaliers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Cavaliers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Over is 8-1-1 in Celtics last 10 home games.
- Under is 5-1-1 in Celtics last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
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Game 5 seems more like a formality based on what we have seen in this series so far. I am not putting much stock in the location of the game in this one.
Still if you don’t like the big road favourite you can start sharpening your pencil for the Finals.
4* Free NBA Game 5 Betting Pick: Cavaliers -10.5
Once the game is determined I am confident the lead will grown and grow. Not a nail biter.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 117 – Boston 102
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