It’s the continuation of the Eastern Conference Finals up in Beantown as the series moves back to the New England area. The fourth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road as they square off with the second-seeded Boston Celtics for a pivotal Game 5 Wednesday night. Boston built off their strong showing in the conference semifinals as they pummeled Cleveland en route to a 108-83 win in Game 1 to draw first blood in the series. In Game 2, Boston showed their resiliency as they rallied for a 107-94 win to take a 2-0 series lead. With their backs to the wall, Cleveland earned their first win of the series with a 116-86 home rout Saturday night and followed that up with a 111-102 home win in Game 4 Monday to square the series. The Celtics lead the all-time regular season series 125-80 but the Cavaliers took two of three this season, including a 121-99 win here in the last matchup on February 11. In the postseason, Boston has won four of the seven series but Cleveland holds a 22-21 edge in head to head playoff wins.
Cleveland Cavaliers [+1.5]
Cavaliers are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games
Boston Celtics [-1.5]
Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight-up loss
Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games
The home team has picked up the win in all four games in this series, which is going much like the Celtics’ first round matchup with the Bucks. In that series, which went the distance, home court advantage proved critical as Boston ended up prevailing in Game 7 to advance. The Cavaliers won two straight at home to turn this into a best of three series but the fact remains that they have had struggles on the road in the playoffs. After seeing how Boston has played at the TD Garden in the postseason and the comebacks they’ve made on this floor, you have to think they pick up a win here.
Pick: Boston Celtics*
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