Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavs
So, we have Game 7 in the eastern conference finals.
The series is tied at 3 wins each after in all six games so far, the team which was the host used that home court advantage.
This is a scenario I expected and mentioned it already early in the series. I said we are going into Game 7 without break. I mean, it was clear Celtics are too good at home while pretty harmless on the road. Simply they miss Irving really much, he is a guy who surely would be crucial for Celtics to earn some win away from home. With him, I have no doubts series with Milwaukee Bucks wouldn't go into 7, this series with Cavs would be over long ago.
Still they don't have Irving but have amazing coach by many best in the league among younger generation of coaches. Definitely big mismatch between these two sides when coaching is in question. Cleveland in fact has no coach, LeBron is doing everything by him self.
And he is doing pretty well, I must admit. This is weak Cleveland team but LeBron James is the best in the league. In last match he spent 46 minutes on the floor, achieved once again amazing numbers. I have no doubt he wilk repeat this again.
BTW, LeBron is 11-3 in the elimination games in last 14 such occasions. Impressive isn't it?
But the problem is he can't do all by himself. At home Cavs were doing great. Pushed a little bit by the fans, usually early big advantage and then later if LeBron is tired, usually we have some other guy who gives crucial contribution. But on the road there isn't such contribution, no one or almost no one is on the high level when Cavs are on the road. Except agsinst Toronto, that was the situation entire playoffs.
Now even Kevin Love is out. And he is a guy from whom was mainly expected to be that crucial help for LeBron.
Interesting stuff in Game 6. Love went out early but guys like Korver, Hill...did it's part. Still, I was shocked by the way Love was injured. Someone won't agree, but in my mind there was no doubt Jayson Tatum did it intentionally. I mean, in one of previous games he did it completely the same to LeBron. He knocked out LeBron with shoulder hit directly in the chin. And we know how strong LeBron is but he had to go to locker room and get back after 15 minutes.
Already then I thought it was intentional hit while now I have no doubt when he did it the same to Kevin Love. Only this time he did no send Love only to locker room but he sent him on the injury list.
And those LeBron's facial expressions directly into Tatum face after the King hit those straight 3-pts late in Game 6, was with a reason.
Because of all we saw from Celtics, not just Tatum but also Smart, I wish James kicked their asses tonight and show them who is still the boss on the East.
But it would be tough, because of all mentioned above.
So, I am not brave enough to pull the trigger but I am brave to go with totals.
This is by far lowest offered totals so far and the same as bookies were wrong with too high totals in so far games in Boston, I think they are wrong now with this low totals.
I am betting here over.
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Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavs prediction
|Over 196.5||Pinnacle||1.80||8||79-87 LOST (-8 units)|