Boston Celtics vs. Cavaliers
The Cavaliers are at home and are the favorites in tonight’s Game 5 against the Celtics, but in the last game in Cleveland Boston pulled off the away upset.
Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers
Bovada has the Cavaliers as 7.5- point favorites with a total of 193.5.
This best of 7 series is tied at two games apiece.
The big news for tonight’s game is that LeBron James, who made the All Defensive first team, may switch and guard Rajon Rondo, who killed the Cavs in Game 4 with a triple-double (29-points 18-rebounds 13-assists).
If King James can slow down the speedy Boston PG Cleveland may have a big advantage, as Rondo has been the best player for the Celtics in the series. However, if James guards Rondo he will not be guarding Paul Pierce, who has only averaged 11.8 ppg with LeBron playing great D on him.
This season the Cavaliers were 35-6 at home and 39-42-1 ATS and the Celtics were 26-15 on the road and 32-48-2 ATS.
Boston beat Cleveland at home in Game 4 on Sunday 97-87.
Before Boston won Game 2 in Cleveland the Cavs had won 12 of their last 13 home playoff games.
Cleveland not only has to contain Rondo, but they have to shoot better then they did in Game 4 when they only shot 40.3% from the floor. King James did have 22 points in the game, but he only shot 7/18 from the floor, missed all five of his 3-point shots, and committed seven turnovers.
Cleveland has to hit the boards tonight, as in Game 4 the Celtics out-rebounded them by 14 rebounds and had six more offensive rebounds.
Shaq had a good Game 4 going for 17 points on 5/9 shooting and he shot 7/11 from the charity stripe, but he sat for much of the fourth quarter. Cavs’ head coach Mike Brown may want to leave the Diesel in there especially if Cleveland’s offense struggles again.
The Cleveland backcourt duo of Mo Williams and Anthony Parker did combine to score 23 points in Game 4, but they only combined to shoot 6/16 and they have to shoot the rock better tonight, as it will take some pressure of King James.
Cleveland is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games and Boston is 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.
This is the only semifinals series that is still going on, as the Suns, Lakers, and Magic have all advanced to the conference finals.