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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 5/21/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




BOSTON (65 - 32) at CLEVELAND (59 - 37)
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Monday, 5/21/2018 8:35 PM
Eastern Conference - Finals - Best of 7 - Game 4 - BOS Leads 2-1
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BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games65-32+23.359-3450-46103.950.545.0%52.2100.649.744.3%51.6
Road Games29-18+1830-1721-25101.548.444.1%51.3100.949.144.4%51.9
Last 5 Games3-2+13-21-4101.450.844.1%50.0101.650.043.8%54.0
Playoff Games10-5+8.611-48-7103.348.044.6%51.0101.549.146.0%51.0
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.950.538-8545.0%11-3037.3%16-2177.1%52922207135
vs opponents surrendering106.653.740-8646.1%11-2936.2%17-2276.7%511023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)101.548.437-8444.1%11-3037.4%16-2177.3%51920197144
Stats Against (All Games)100.649.737-8544.3%9-2834.0%16-2175.9%521021207135
vs opponents averaging106.553.740-8646.2%10-2936.1%17-2276.8%511023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)100.949.138-8544.4%10-2933.9%16-2177.6%521021197135

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games59-37-18.237-5746-49109.656.547.4%49.6108.755.947.3%50.6
Home Games35-13-9.915-3221-26110.556.348.2%50.0108.355.147.6%48.8
Last 5 Games3-2+0.92-31-4105.253.847.7%49.299.447.445.3%46.6
Playoff Games9-5+4.35-85-9102.253.646.0%48.6101.650.547.1%48.1
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.656.540-8447.4%12-3236.9%18-2377.7%50823197134
vs opponents surrendering105.953.339-8645.9%10-2936.0%17-2276.7%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)110.556.340-8448.2%11-3136.6%18-2477.1%50824187134
Stats Against (All Games)108.755.941-8747.3%11-3136.6%15-2075.7%511025217134
vs opponents averaging10653.240-8646.0%10-2936.2%16-2176.8%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)108.355.141-8747.6%12-3038.5%14-1975.8%49926227134
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 95,  CLEVELAND 94.8
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@ CLEVELAND              

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
4/11/2018NEW YORK98-110L-8L213U37-9439.4%621443-8550.6%4815
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: 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.
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.
Cavs need James' defense versus Celtics

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James has been Mr. Everything for the Cleveland Cavaliers for much of the 2018 postseason.

Yet, coach Tyronn Lue said Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals -- won 116-86 by the Cavs -- was James' best "in a long time."

Because James really defended.

"As far as helping, closing out to Jaylen Brown's chest, making him put it on the floor," Lue explained. "Closing out to (Marcus) Morris. Closing out to (Marcus) Smart, so he did a really good job of just setting the tone of multiple effort and that was good for us."

James scored 27 points to go with 12 assists on 8-of-12 shooting. But, according to ESPN's research, Saturday was his best game on defense this postseason.

The Cavs put him on Brown -- the Celtics' best player in the first two games of this series -- and Brown didn't even score until there was 8:20 left in the second quarter.

The Celtics shot 2 of 10 and committed four turnovers when their ballhandler was guarded by James. Brown was 3-of-8 shooting for 10 points.

"Just tried to put myself in position to help our team," James said. "I think tonight as a group, even when things broke down, we just covered for one another."

The Celtics lead this series 2-1, and Game 4 is Monday in Cleveland. Boston has never blown a 2-0 lead in 37 tries. But they were startled by how well the Cavs played Saturday and how poorly things went for them.

Cleveland had a 2018 playoffs-high six players score in double figures and connected on 17 3s.

Morris, who forced James into 5-of-16 shooting in Game 1 and scored 21 points himself, struggled in Game 3.

"Personally, I think I did a (poor) job defensively with LeBron," Morris said. "He was too comfortable when I was guarding him. I made myself very vulnerable on screens and wasn't disciplined. We can't have that in a game of this magnitude, and it showed."

The Cavs gave Al Horford little room to move and it stifled the Celtics' offense. Boston coach Brad Stevens said the Celtics would have to consider lineup changes "because of the way (Cleveland is) playing." Tristan Thompson is guarding Horford and Kevin Love is on Morris. The Celtics want to force Love to guard Horford.

"I just didn't think our offense in general was very good," Stevens said. "Our defense wasn't much better. We got thoroughly outplayed on both ends. Obviously we're going to need to play through him more than that."

George Hill scored eight points in the first two games of the series, and exploded for 11 in the first quarter of Game 3. JR Smith shot 0-for-7 for no points in Game 2, and recovered with 11 points in Game 3. Kyle Korver connected on all four 3s and finished with 14 points.

The Celtics have been bad on the road all postseason and fell to 1-5 with Saturday's loss. But never in these playoffs had they been clobbered quite like the clobbering the Cavs laid upon them.

Yet, the Celtics could move to within a game of closing out the Cavs and stopping James' consecutive NBA Finals streak at seven with a win in Game 4.

"This is the way we have to play," Lue said. "I think bringing the physicality to start."

Last Updated: 3/22/2019 11:22:00 AM EST

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