Counterpoint: LeBron Haters Won't Be Happy After Cavs' Game 3 Win & Cover

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Doug Upstone

Friday, May 18, 2018 3:27 PM UTC

Friday, May. 18, 2018 3:27 PM UTC

The NBA playoffs resume after their "spring break" with Game 3 in the Eastern Conference between the Celtics and Cavs in Cleveland on Saturday night. Swinging Johnson and I are even with our selections (including West); who grabs the upper hand Saturday?

Game 3: Boston Celtics (2-0 ATS) at Cleveland Cavaliers (0-2 ATS)Free NBA Pick: CavsBest Line Offered: Heritage

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With some extra time on my hands because of no NBA odds to study. I went looking through Facebook and Instagram and was alarmed by the hate about LeBron James. I knew he was a polarizing figure to many, but the vile, Yikes!

If there is something not to like about LeBron, it is whatever role he played in assembling this largely mediocre cast of characters in Cleveland. Playing with most any generational player is draining for his teammates -- ask those who played with Kobe, Jordan, Bird and Magic, it's not always fun.

Even with all the problems, Cleveland has had with Boston, does that mean the Cavaliers are not worthy of consideration for NBA picks and potentially evening up this series on Saturday night? Of course not. Basketball bettors not named Swinging Johnson still think the Cavs are able and moved them from -5 to -6. Here is how Cleveland wins and covers the first of two at home.

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Shoot 3-Ball, Find Third Scorer and Generate Turnovers

As I mentioned in an article after Game 2, the Boston defense has been terrific. But to think the Cavaliers will not get close to their season average of 12 treys a game after totaling 14 in Beantown is ludicrous. That is how Cleveland plays, and having a tremendous sense of urgency and playing at home will be a big boost for their offense.

Here is something even the Swing-man knows: When teams win NBA games, invariably a third scorer has to show up on the stat sheet. It's a given LeBron will get his and probably Kevin Love will have an 18-22 point game and grab nearly 10 rebounds.

That means somebody has to step up. I have my doubts about Kyle Korver, with him too slow against the Celtics' quickness. However, JR Smith and Tristan Thompson have the skill to be huge factors and have to up their game or this series is unofficially over. An intriguing wild card is Rodney Hood, who had 11 points in 19 minutes in Game 2. If his confidence returns, S. Johnson could see his C's picked get waxed.

Lastly, everyone knows the Cleveland blows on defense. They showed a decided lack of enthusiasm to play defense on the parquet floor in their last two outings. The Cavaliers generated only 14 turnovers in those contests. Looking back at their entire season, that only has occurred once all year (Jan. 6-8), which points to Ty Lue's crew doing better in this area, which leads to more points.

Finally, to wipe off that smug look on SJ face, the Celtics are 1-4 SU and ATS on the 2018 playoff road and they have lost by an average of seven points a contest. I'll make it the Cavs by 8 to win and cover

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