Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics / NBA – Cleveland has finally “woken up” and in the third game, they have mastered Boston with 30 points difference. This is only enough to reduce the backlog in the series 1-2 and if the Cavs wants to reach Boston, they will have to repeat the same game in the next match and with tied result go back to Boston. Begins: 22.05.2017. – 02:30 CET
What led them to defeat in the first two duels with the Celtic, the Cavs have corrected in the third match in front of their supporters, when they celebrated a victory of 116:86. James needed the help of his teammates, and he got it in the first match in front of their supporters, so the Cavs have almost by the half-time resolved the issue of the winner. Their team game, which Boston has preferred throughout almost the entire season, has brought the Cavs the desired result, and the entire top five of the Cava had a double digit number of points.
The Cavs managed to close the inner line of Boston (Horford and Morris only scored 16 points), they also “cut off” the adding line of the opponent guards (all the Celtic’s starters had only 8 assists) while on the other side, the Cavs have scored 13 three-pointers ( James and Love have added 4 more). The Cavs have made the sixth consecutive home playoff win and a total of 14 victories from 20 matches against Boston in the playoffs (they have the effect of 8-3 on their field against Boston).
Probable lineups Cleveland Cavaliers: Hill, Smith, James, Love, Thompson
Since the beginning of the third game, Boston had major problems with the motivated Cavs. They came very fast to a double digit backlog, and the best players were burdened in a variety of ways. This particularly applies to guard Brown, who immediately came into a problem with personal mistakes and who therefore only played 21 minutes of the match. In the first two duels, he had an average of 23 points, but he has now only reached 10, and the Cavs’ players have “squeezed” him at all times and made him play in counter rhythm. Morris and Horford were left without a ball, and the ability to score, while play Rozier had a terrible night.
When we look at Celtics’ shots, then you see the reasons for this convincing defeat. Only 27 percent for three points (6/22) and 39 percent of the shot from the game is very bad, and a big minus of 20 points at half-time has given indications in what direction that match is going. In the first half-time, as if the Celtic’s bench did not even exist, as well as team’s defence and those are all things that Boston has to fix if they want a better result in the fourth round of the series.
Probable lineups Boston Celtics: Rozier, Brown, Tatum, Morris, Horford
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics PICK
Only 19 teams in 300 series of the playoffs have managed to return and win a series in which they were losing with 0-2 (the Cavs did it twice). We have already mentioned that the Celtics in these situations have a perfect 37-0. Reality is that Boston cannot do worse than what they have played in the second match, but the Cavs also showed that they learned from mistakes from the start of the series and that they are entering this match as favourites.
Pick: Cleveland -6.5 points
Odds: 1.90 at williamhill (down to 1.83 can be played)