Thursday, May 25, 2017
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The Cleveland Cavaliers head to TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics on Thursday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs lead the series 3-1. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 8.5 point favorites.
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The Cavaliers finished the regular season with an overall record of 51-31. They were 1st in the Central Division. They had a point differential of 3.1 as they averaged 110.3 points per game while giving up 107.2 per contest. The Celtics had a regular season record of 53-29. They finished the year 1st in the Atlantic Division. They averaged 108.0 points per game and surrendered 105.4, good for a point differential of 2.6.
Valuable Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 36-43-3 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 47-35-0 against the over/under
Important Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 40-40-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 38-42-2 against the over/under
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
05/23/17 PG Kyrie Irving Ankle injured last game, probable Thursday vs. Boston
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
05/24/17 F Jae Crowder Thigh is upgraded to probable Thursday vs. Cleveland
05/23/17 F Amir Johnson Shoulder "?" Thursday vs. Cleveland
05/20/17 PG Isaiah Thomas Hip out for season
Kyrie Irving comes into this game averaging 25.2 points per contest while playing 35.1 minutes per night so far this year for the Cavaliers. He pulls down 3.2 rebounds per contest and dishes out 5.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is currently at 91%. Kevin Love averages 19 points per game in 31.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.9 assists per contest and 11.1 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 87%.
Avery Bradley averages 16.3 points per game while playing 33.4 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 6.1 rebounds per game and has 2.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 73%. Jae Crowder averages 13.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.8 rebounds per contest and 2.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
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Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 110.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.18 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 5th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 2nd in the league. They average 43.8 rebounds per game and 22.7 assists per game which ranks them 12th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 16th with 13.7 per game. The Cavaliers allow 107.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 20th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 17th and 18th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.2 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 24.7 assists per contest which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 12.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston averages 108 points per game this year which ranks them 7th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.63 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 16th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 14th in the NBA. They average 42 rebounds per game and 25.2 assists per contest which ranks them 26th and 3rd respectively. In the turnover department the Celtics rank 22nd with 13.3 per game. The Celtics allow 105.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 7th and 2nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 44.5 rebounds a game which ranks 24th and they give up 22.6 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. The Celtics force 13.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers have an offensive rating of 113.6 and a defensive rating of 110.3. In terms of pace they average 96.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 55%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they shoot 3 pointers on 40% of their shots. Cleveland turns the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Celtics rating on offense is 111.1 and they have a defensive rating of 108.4. They get 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 53%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 39% of their shot attempts. Boston turns the ball over on 12.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston +8.5
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