NBA Playoffs Vegas Online Sports Betting & Free Picks Friday May 25th, 2018
Cleveland Looks to Stay Alive in Game Six Against Boston
Five games into this series and the home team has won each game by at least nine points with an average margin of victory of 18 points.
In Cleveland the Cavaliers players not named LeBron James were able to step up their game enough for their superstar to make all the difference. They’ll be looking for a repeat performance on Friday night.
Meanwhile on Wednesday back in Boston, the Celtics were in command at home from the get go breaking out to a 32-19 first quarter lead and keeping it up from there in a 96-83 win.
In essence though that momentum seemed to have carried over from their game four loss.
In that game and for the second time in a row the Cavaliers jumped out to a huge first quarter lead, but the difference was that as opposed to game three, the Celtics outplayed Cleveland the rest of the way. It just wasn’t enough as the Cavaliers won 111-102.
James had 26 points and 10 rebounds, but the next highest scorer was Kevin Love with 14 points. The backcourt of George Hill and JR Smith reverted back to their inefficient ways of earlier in the series, collectively scoring 9 points, shooting 2-11 from the field and 0-4 from beyond the three-point line in 56 combined minutes.
For the series, five Celtics are averaging at least 12.6 PPG even though the team as a whole is averaging 99.8 PPG. Brown leads the way with 19.6 PPG and Tatum is next at 17.2 PPG.
James is scoring 30.8 PPG along with 8.2 APG and 7.4 RPG. Love is at 15.0 PPG and 11.0 RPG. Kyle Korver is the only other player in double digits, averaging 10.2 PPG. The Cavaliers are averaging 97.4 PPG.
The big question here though is will the series revert to form where we’ll see another blowout win for the home team, or has Boston learned enough to be able to carry their success at home into Cleveland’s barn.
Cleveland is -7 favorites in this one and the over/under is 201.5 points. I think though that there is enough of a trend over the past seven quarters to show that Boston will at least be able to take it to the wire. The Pick: Cavaliers 100-97.