NBA Tips – East Finals Game 5

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Eastern Conference Finals Game 5

1. Cleveland @ Boston (10:30am)

Tip: Under 215.5 points ($1.91)

The Wolf was far from happy with the Cavs start in Game 4 – they lacked intent and LeBron was happy to settle by taking jump shots and tough 3’s. If they think they will challenge the Warriors with that attitude/tactics, they can think again according to Wolfy. LeBron picked up 4 fouls in the first half and the Celtics failed to capitalise. Kyrie got hot and the big three combined for 93 of the Cavs 112 points. It may look like a win on paper but it spells danger moving forward. Their bench contributed just 7 points and they will need more come finals time.

Boston will not be winning three games in a row but they have showed that they can trouble the Cavs in patches, specifically when they are able to move the ball and get open looks. Doing so also opens up the lanes to drive and is the reason why they were able to have 20 free throw attempts in Game 4. They have had more assists than Cleveland in each of the last two games and The Wolf expects them to repeat that feat at the TD Garden.

Mentally the Cavs feel like they are home but The Wolf says they will be tested – especially early on. The Celtics are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 following a ATS win  and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 at home. Brad Stevens has found a way to slow down the Cavs offence and the absence of Isaiah Thomas means that the Cavs are less effective in the pick and roll. Cleveland have averaged 10 less field goal attempts in Games 3 and 4 in comparison to the first two games of the series. It bodes well for the Unders and the statistical data supports it with Unders going 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Boston. Don’t be shocked if the Celtics extend the series.

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