Cavs Defense and Rebounding Makes Them a Game 5 Winner in Boston

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Home court has ruled in the Eastern Conference Finals. Will this trend continue or will there be an interruption that will change how this series will play out? Watch ESPN Wednesday to find out.

Cleveland and Boston are tied up at 2-2 and the pressure reverts to the Celtics. Game 4 was more of the same basically boring basketball with the Cavaliers ahead 12 to 16 points most of the contest. Though Boston did threaten to cover a few times, they never did. Swinging Johnson did prove correct, I might have gotten too tricky with my Boston pick with the points. That ended my stretch of domination over him, time start another.

 

The NBA odds opened with the Celtics as a one-point favorite, but Cleveland’s more veteran team made Brad Stevens squad young team look that way the last two games. For NBA picks, does it make sense to back Boston, who is 9-0 SU and ATS at home in the playoffs or has Tyronn Lue and his club solved the C’s?

Has Lue Figured Out Boston’s Defense?

Since Game 1 when they shot a putrid 36 percent, Cleveland has shot the ball better in each contest. In order, the Cavs have connected on 46.2%, 48.7% and 50.8 % in Game 4. It stood to reason the James Gang would shoot better at home, but it is has been how they accomplished this that matters.

The entire Cleveland squad make a barrage of three’s (17) in their first home game of the series. But two days later they only made eight, four below their average of 12. Because Boston likes to switch everything on defense and work traps below the free throw line extended, Cavaliers players have forced (and waited for) switches, leaving the ball-handler as the taller or quicker player. They continually took advantage of this. And when the double-team came, the abandoned Cavs’ players went to the clear spot on the floor for an open shot or was cutting to the basket.

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