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2017 NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Round 3
NBA Series Odds: Cavalies -550 | Celtics +375
NBA Championship Futures Odds: Cleveland +300, Boston +2000
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Cleveland has looked unstoppable in these playoffs and now they get another chance to rest before taking on an opponent that was pushed to the max. It will be interesting to see if there is any rust. There wasn’t against Toronto.
Boston pulled away late in G7 against Washington. They had some familiar faces and some unsung heroes in the victory. They are going to need a lot of the same to have a shot against the champs.
The Cavs are the immovable object in the Eastern Conference. Indiana stayed with them a little but got swept and Cleveland was even more impressive in sweeping away the Raptors
In the playoffs LeBron James has been dominant. The thing about his game now is that he answers every challenge and can kill you with a three as much as a dunk.
The Cavs have won eight in row in these playoffs and you care argue that they haven’t gotten much from Kyrie Irving. Not just because it is the Eastern Conference Finals but they are going to need more from him.
He has to make the other PG work.
The role players were great against Toronto and they are going to have to shoot well again against a Boston team that is better defensively on the perimeter. When guys like Kyle Korver and Channing Frye are on Cleveland is impossible to stop.
Kevin Love might have some bad blood coming into this one but they cruised through the first couple of rounds without needing much from him. They can do so again in round 3.
Boston is the top seed in the Eastern Conference but they are certainly taking their time through the first couple of rounds. Now they will be able to see if getting that coveted spot can be a difference maker as they take on Cleveland. They were 1-3 against the Cavs during the regular season.
Isaiah Thomas is the engine that runs the Celtics and it seems like Al Horford has established himself as #2.
We live in a world of Big Three though, so who are the Celtics going to be looking to for support of that duo. Jae Crowder? Avery Bradley?
Kelly Olynyk? Whoever it is is far from an established threat, especially in the playoffs.
I think this will be an interesting matchup in terms of coaching too. Brad Stevens is one of the better coaches in the league and I think he gives the Celtics an edge even though more and more are appreciating Ty Lue as a coach.
How much of a difference will the coaching make is always a big question mark.
Boston will have just the regular one day off between games for this one. At least they don’t have to travel but they might be spent. You can definitely see that as happening.
I wonder if Steven might tinker with the lineup to get some early jump in the team.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Series Prediction:
Even though the Cavs do not have home court advantage in the series they are significant series favourites. It might sound clich but we are going to find out probably everything we need to know in G1.
Boston has to make it a game at home or else we could be looking at another relatively easy sweep for CLE.
It would seem that the Celtics could have an advantage in terms of being more game ready but the Raptors might have been thinking the same thing before getting rolled in their G1 against CLE.
However, Boston will have the advantage of being at home. Their lone win against the Cavs this season was at the Garden.
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