Counterpoint: 'Tired' Cavs Spring to Life at Home, Win & Cover in Game 6

Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:49 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 24, 2018 3:49 PM UTC

Boston has moved to within one game of playing in the NBA Finals, but to achieve this before a Game 7 the Celtics will have to do this against very difficult circumstances in winning on the road, which they have struggled with.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/boston-celtics-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-3468856/#matchup"><strong>Game 6: Boston (3-2) at Cleveland (2-3)</strong></a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: Cavaliers</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4435&amp;book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow">Pinnacle</a></strong></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3468856, "sportsbooksIds":[238,169,1096,93,43], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The 2018 Eastern Conference Finals will not be a "greatest hits" CD. We are five games in, and the closest outcome has been by nine points and the winning team (Cleveland in Game 4) was ahead by 13 to 18 points for over 40 minutes of that "battle".</p><p>The old axiom "The series doesn't start until the road team wins", well, that will not be the case since that will either end this one or never happen at all.</p><p>With Swinging Johnson and myself alternating choices in the conference finals, the East has made the non-winner look ignorant with such noncompetitive basketball. As one-sided as these contests have been, Game 5 was the worst in terms of watchability. Boston easily won Wednesday in spite of shooting a playoff-worst 36.5 percent. Additionally, Superman (LeBron James) appeared too tired to save the day again, and it was obvious he is not surrounded by other superheroes.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank" title="Always have the best odds but going to the SBR odds pages. ">NBA odds </a>have the Celtics as 7-point road underdogs Friday, and in spite of their 1-6 and 2-5 ATS away record in the postseason Swinging Johnson gleefully took Boston. Here is why and how that will prove to be a bad choice.</p><p><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5b06e1855c51b500b86f1beb/original-cavaliers.png" style="height:350px;width:527px" /></p><h2><strong>Cavaliers' Keys in Game 6</strong></h2><p>I fully admit to thinking James is one of the best players I've ever seen, and I am not a hater. But every now and again he sounds like a double-mouthed politician, which hurts his street cred. Though it could not have more clear how tired he was during Game 5, he said he "might" have been a touch weary. James also added he does not sleep well during the playoffs and has a hard time letting go of defeats before finally starting to count sheep. What made that a curious statement was he and his team had just won two home games with relative ease.</p><p>For the Cavaliers to win and cover (and make me look smarter than SJ), first: LeBron, take several power naps before Game 6 and drink plenty of fluids to make your body feel fresh even if there is fatigue.</p><p>On the more technical side of the game, Cleveland has to be encouraged their defense is doing the job and they have held Boston to 94.6 PPG in the past three contests. The only real improvement needed from the last conflict is closing faster on three-point shooters after the Celtics connected on 13 deep shots.</p><p>It goes without saying that a fast start would be a huge benefit given the Celtics' struggles on the road. Boston has quickly gone from confident to passive when falling behind away from TD Garden.</p><p>Of course James has to have a large game, as well as Kevin Love. But so does Tyronn Lue and his excuse about not playing Kyle Korver more in the first half in Game 5 because of matchups. You don't have to sit on an NBA bench with dry erase board to see Korver is largely most effective when on the floor as the third scoring option with James and Love. You are not going to win every playoff game, but it is a coach's responsibility to give his players the best chance to win.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Home Is Where the Wins (&amp; Covers) Are</strong></h2><p>For <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" target="_blank" title="Free picks from real betting experts at SBR.">NBA picks,</a> sometimes you just follow the money instead of being analytical. The home teams are 5-0 SU and ATS in this series, and given the final scores its Cleveland by 10 or more and we head back to Boston for a decisive encounter.</p><p>Besides, I cannot take any more of those annoying texts from Swinging Johnson when he occasionally wins a game against me.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/point-celtics-ready-to-roll-over-cleveland-in-game-6/85351">Read why Swinging thinks he will be :) following Game 6 </a></h2>
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