Cleveland Cavaliers (60-31) at Boston Celtics (61-35)
NBA Basketball: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +5.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics meet Friday in game two of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to remain undefeated in the playoffs and take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 114.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 46 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 34.8 points and nine rebounds while Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.3 points and 5.8 assists. Kevin Love is the third double-digit scorer and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 10.4 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won seven of their last 11 road games.
The Boston Celtics need to tie up this series to have any chance of keeping this thing competitive. The Boston Celtics are averaging 106.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.4 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 24.8 points and 6.7 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 16.1 points and four rebounds. Al Horford is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.4 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won 15 of their last 20 home games.
The Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Conference Finals games, 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Boston, the road team is 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Boston.
I'm not going to overreact to game one simply because the Boston Celtics played far better in the second half after figuring out that the conference finals are different. This is a young, inexperienced Celtics team that hasn't been in this position before. If the Celtics start the game the way they did in the third quarter and make their open threes, they can tie this series up. Boston has no choice but to win his game in order to prevent a sweep, as I don't see the Celtics winning in Cleveland. So, while there are mismatches defensively and nobody can stop LeBron, I can see the Celtics hanging around here if they bottled up their second half performance from game one.