The two games played in Boston during this series have averaged 155 points, which is really not surprising given how much better the Celtics’ defense is at home.
The first two games between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers in this building produced just 148 and 162 points respectively, and we look for another snooze-fest as this series once again returns to Boston.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]It is no secret that the Celtics have been like night and day home and away in the playoffs, and it all begin with their defense. Boston is allowing just 75.5 points per game in six home playoffs games, as opposed to a whopping 99.6 points per game in five road games! As a result, their home playoff contests are averaging a combined 171.2 points, and you could probably shave a few points off of that already low total here given Cleveland methodical style.
The Cavaliers are on a 12-4 Under run of their own stretching back to the regular season. LeBron James did actually get some support from Cleveland’s role players in Game 4 Monday, but even with that, the Cavs managed just 88 points at home vs. a determined Boston defense. We now all know that the Celtics are more intense defensively at home, and after watching the Cavaliers score 72 and 73 points in the first two games here, we have no reason to believe that they could top 75 here.
Thus, look for an identical pace as the first two games of this series.
Free Pick: Cavaliers, Celtics Under 176½