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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 5/23/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




CLEVELAND (60 - 37) at BOSTON (65 - 33)
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Wednesday, 5/23/2018 8:35 PM
Eastern Conference - Finals - Best of 7 - Game 5 - Series tied at 2-2
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CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games60-37-17.238-5747-49109.656.747.4%49.7108.655.947.3%50.5
Road Games24-24-8.322-2525-23108.756.846.6%49.1109.156.747.0%52.4
Last 5 Games3-2+0.93-22-3106.456.448.2%52.499.250.044.2%46.2
Playoff Games10-5+5.36-86-9102.854.546.3%49.3101.750.746.7%47.9
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.656.740-8447.4%12-3236.9%18-2377.7%50823197134
vs opponents surrendering105.953.339-8645.9%10-2935.9%17-2276.7%511023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)108.756.839-8546.6%12-3337.2%18-2278.4%49922197134
Stats Against (All Games)108.655.941-8747.3%11-3136.6%15-2075.7%511025217134
vs opponents averaging10653.240-8646.0%10-2936.2%16-2176.8%511023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.156.741-8847.0%11-3234.8%15-2075.5%521124207134

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games65-33+22.359-3551-46103.950.644.9%52.2100.749.944.3%51.7
Home Games36-14+5.429-1729-21106.252.645.7%53.2100.350.344.2%51.3
Last 5 Games3-2+13-22-3103.452.844.0%48.4103.254.245.9%54.0
Playoff Games10-6+7.611-59-7103.248.344.4%50.6102.150.246.3%51.6
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.950.638-8544.9%11-3037.3%16-2177.1%52922207135
vs opponents surrendering106.753.740-8646.1%11-2936.2%17-2276.7%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)106.252.639-8645.7%11-3137.2%16-2176.9%53924207125
Stats Against (All Games)100.749.938-8544.3%9-2834.0%16-2175.8%521021207135
vs opponents averaging106.553.740-8646.2%10-2936.1%17-2276.8%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)100.350.337-8544.2%9-2634.0%16-2274.3%51922207135
Average power rating of opponents played: CLEVELAND 94.8,  BOSTON 95.1
CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
4/20/2018@ INDIANA90-92L2T209.5U34-7744.2%431634-7346.6%4717
4/22/2018@ INDIANA104-100W-2W206U35-7844.9%511040-9343.0%548
4/27/2018@ INDIANA87-121L2L201.5O33-7941.8%461449-8756.3%517
5/1/2018@ TORONTO113-112W7W213O42-10241.2%59539-9142.9%6513
5/3/2018@ TORONTO128-110W7W213.5O50-8459.5%42344-8154.3%3611
5/13/2018@ BOSTON83-108L1L203.5U31-8636.0%47943-8451.2%549
5/15/2018@ BOSTON94-107L1L205U37-8046.2%541540-9243.5%515
5/23/2018@ BOSTON              

BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
4/20/2018@ MILWAUKEE92-116L5L205O32-8040.0%541645-7957.0%419
4/22/2018@ MILWAUKEE102-104L6W203O36-8741.4%52838-7352.1%459
4/26/2018@ MILWAUKEE86-97L4.5L201U30-8137.0%44938-7550.7%559
5/5/2018@ PHILADELPHIA101-98W9.5W205.5U41-9145.1%571338-9739.2%6214
5/7/2018@ PHILADELPHIA92-103L7L206.5U31-7541.3%531538-9440.4%608
5/19/2018@ CLEVELAND86-116L6.5L207U29-7439.2%421537-7648.7%5314
5/21/2018@ CLEVELAND102-111L7L204.5O35-8541.2%45941-8150.6%6018
5/25/2018@ CLEVELAND              
CLEVELAND: There's a chance that LeBron James could end up being as motivated as ever this season, fueled by Kyrie Irving's trade demand and coming off a season in which he finished fourth in the MVP voting. Despite losing Irving, the Cavs remain the class of the Eastern Conference and it's hard to imagine any team denying them a fourth straight Finals appearance, particularly with Boston having suffered a major blow with the season-ending injury Gordon Hayward suffered in the season opener at Cleveland. Isaiah Thomas is expected back from his back injury by year's end, but his return could end up complicating things for head coach Tyronn Lue, who must keep everyone happy with their playing time. Kevin Love's move to center should open floor space for James, Dwayne Wade and Derrick Rose. James can opt out of his contract next summer and become a free agent and his future plans will hover over the Cavs all season. But back with Dwayne Wade, he and the Cavs seem to be in a happy place.
BOSTON: General manager Danny Ainge wooed Gordon Hayward away from Utah in free agency only to see him suffer a broken fibula and dislocated ankle on a play less than six minutes into a season-opening loss at Cleveland. All eyes will now be on Kyrie Irving, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Cavaliers that sent Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland. On paper it is an upgrade at point guard, adding a dynamic scorer who can create his own shot. While Boston has plenty of talent, there are also questions that need to be answered. Rebounding is a big one, and another is how exactly how this new 'position-less' starting five will fare on the defensive end. Some combination of Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and rookie Semi Ojeleye are expected to be more involved than initially planned in an effort to fill the void created by Hayward's injury. The Celtics are set up for the future with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, but it's unclear if this group as constituted has enough firepower to dethrone the Cleveland as East champions.
Celtics return to friendly confines after dropping two in Cleveland

BOSTON -- Home Sweet Home.

The words the Celtics have lived by in this year's NBA playoffs.

Now Boston has the value of the parquet, the banners and the wild home fans with the Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers down to a best-of-three.

The Celtics have gone 9-0 at home in these playoffs and won 10 in a row at home dating back to the regular season. For the year, they are 36-14 at home, a .720 winning percentage.

Just as they had done in the opening series with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Celtics won the first two games at home and then lost two in a row on the road, where they have just one victory in the playoffs. They then won 5 and 7 at home and lost 6 at Milwaukee.

And just like that series, Boston doesn't have to win a road game to advance.

"I think our focus is just on the next game, on Game 5," the Celtics' Al Horford said after Monday's game. "All season but specifically all playoffs, we've been taking it game to game. We can't look at it that way (of trying to win two of three). Right now, we're fighting for our playoff lives, and our focus as a group is Wednesday, Game 5 at home."

LeBron James went off for 44 points in Game 4 and had help from his friends -- Tristan Thompson standing out on the inside (and running the floor) and Kyle Korver on the outside, and even blocking three Jaylen Brown shots. George Hill was great.

But, as usual, it all came down to James -- and his team's ability to set him up in mismatches, notably with smaller guard Terry Rozier.

"If you look at the four teams in the postseason now," said James, averaging 33.7 points per game in this postseason, "Houston is trying to find mismatches, Golden State is trying to find mismatches, Boston, and us as well. We're all trying to find mismatches for us to try to be successful offensively. It's not much of a secret."

The Cavs have a win in four games at TD Garden this year and are 9-5 there over the past four seasons.

"It's the best two out of three to go to the NBA Finals," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "Doesn't get any better than that."

The Celtics were hardly thrilled with the officiating in the two games in Cleveland and were outspoken about it.

"I don't really want to speak on that and get a fine," said Marcus Morris, one of the guys trying to guard James. "At the end of the day I work hard, work my (butt) off to defend this position. The ticky-tack fouls -- it is what it is.

"It's tough. you're already playing against the best player in the league, and you can be a little bit physical, it's tough to guard him. You can't do anything and it's fouls, fouls. We almost had to give up baskets."

Morris leads the NBA with 52 fouls in this postseason.

In off-court news Tuesday, Boston's Jayson Tatum became the first Celtic to make All-Rookie first team since Paul Pierce in 1998-99. And while Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell were unanimous, Tatum missed by a single vote, prompting Stevens to say, "Somebody made a mistake."

Both Kevin Love and Jeff Green are playing with minor injuries, while the Celtics, missing Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis for the entire postseason, are also without backup point guard Shane Larkin. Out with a shoulder injury suffered in the second round, Larkin might return in this series, but is not likely to make it back for Game 5.

Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night and the "if necessary" Game 7 would be back in Boston on Sunday night.

Last Updated: 2/18/2020 12:32:00 PM EST

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