Cleveland Cavaliers (59-37) at Boston Celtics (65-32)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 23, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Celtics PK -- Over/Under: 206
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday in game five of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for a third straight victory with a chance to close things out in game six. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 101.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 33.7 points and nine assists while Kevin Love is averaging 14.9 points and 10.6 rebounds. Kyle Korver is the third double-digit scorer and George Hill is dishing 2.2 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have split their last six road games.
The Boston Celtics need a victory here in order to take a 3-2 series lead and steal back the momentum. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 18 points and 4.1 rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 17.8 points and five rebounds. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics haven’t lost a home game since April 8.
The Cavaliers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Atlantic and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games, 18-6 ATS in their last 24 home games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Cleveland Cavaliers did what they had to do at home to tie up this series and actually have their role players looking like NBA players again. The problem is we have yet to see the Cavs do that on the road, especially in Boston. On the road these playoffs, the Cavs are averaging just 99.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting compared to 105.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting at home. For the Celtics, they're averaging 110.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting at home these playoffs compared to 94.4 points on 40.8 percent shooting on the road. The Celtics are a lightyears better team at home where they thrive off that nasty home crowd and get after it defensively with much more confidence. You also have to like the Celtics fighting in that fourth quarter and cutting it to seven at the halfway point. It was a loss, but the Celtics have to feel good about the way they finished and the fact that could have been a different game four if they didn't dig a massive hole in the first quarter. I still like the Celtics in this series, and I like them a lot on their home court.