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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 5/19/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore
CLEVELAND
 
BOSTON
-5  

+5  
-210

+175

218.5
 
130
Final
86

CLEVELAND (60 - 31) at BOSTON (61 - 35)
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Friday, 5/19/2017 8:30 PM
Eastern Conference - Finals - Best of 7 - Game 2 - CLE Leads 1-0
Board OpenLatest
501CLEVELAND-4.5-5
502BOSTON219.5219.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games60-31-3.541-4554-37110.856.647.2%51.9106.953.045.8%51.3
Road Games25-21-8.220-2427-19108.555.045.9%50.5109.054.346.7%52.6
Last 5 Games5-0+54-04-1116.459.049.4%51.0101.647.245.6%46.4
Playoff Games9-0+95-27-2114.859.048.9%50.4104.853.246.0%48.9
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)110.856.640-8547.2%13-3438.8%18-2475.1%52923187134
vs opponents surrendering105.35339-8545.6%10-2735.7%18-2377.4%521023208135
Team Stats (Road Games)108.555.039-8445.9%13-3438.3%18-2377.2%50921196144
Stats Against (All Games)106.953.041-8945.8%10-2936.0%15-2077.3%511125217124
vs opponents averaging10552.739-8545.6%9-2635.6%18-2377.6%511022208135
Stats Against (Road Games)109.054.341-8846.7%10-2935.9%16-2176.2%531124208125

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games61-35+2.949-4544-46107.852.445.6%49.7105.251.345.1%53.7
Home Games35-14+0.922-2727-18110.053.846.0%50.8105.952.744.9%53.5
Last 5 Games2-3-13-24-1107.049.847.6%45.8107.251.245.3%54.8
Playoff Games8-6-29-58-5106.950.846.6%46.8104.452.145.4%54.1
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)107.852.439-8545.6%12-3436.1%18-2380.0%50926218134
vs opponents surrendering105.653.139-8545.8%10-2735.8%18-2377.1%511023208135
Team Stats (Home Games)110.053.839-8646.0%13-3437.5%18-2380.3%511027208135
Stats Against (All Games)105.251.339-8645.1%9-2733.0%19-2577.4%541123208135
vs opponents averaging105.35339-8645.7%9-2635.6%18-2377.4%521022208135
Stats Against (Home Games)105.952.739-8844.9%9-2832.9%18-2377.7%531223208136
Average power rating of opponents played: CLEVELAND 95.2,  BOSTON 95.6
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
4/9/2017@ ATLANTA125-126L-5L214O45-9845.9%611444-9446.8%5412
4/10/2017@ MIAMI121-124L10.5W204O44-8949.4%522144-9546.3%5713
4/12/2017TORONTO83-98L4L202.5U28-7636.8%491540-8646.5%588
4/15/2017INDIANA109-108W-9L208O42-7853.8%431140-8149.4%5013
4/17/2017INDIANA117-111W-9L210O42-7655.3%441843-8451.2%4013
4/20/2017@ INDIANA119-114W-1.5W210O39-8744.8%54838-9540.0%659
4/23/2017@ INDIANA106-102W-4T213.5U37-9041.1%581341-8846.6%5314
5/1/2017TORONTO116-105W-6.5W211.5O39-8545.9%531239-8943.8%5112
5/3/2017TORONTO125-103W-7W215O41-7554.7%471642-9046.7%4913
5/5/2017@ TORONTO115-94W-3W215U39-7651.3%581638-8743.7%334
5/7/2017@ TORONTO109-102W-7T210O39-8247.6%441040-8547.1%4812
5/17/2017@ BOSTON117-104W-3.5W218.5O39-8148.1%53841-8846.6%5114
5/19/2017@ BOSTON              
5/21/2017BOSTON              
5/23/2017BOSTON              

BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
4/10/2017BROOKLYN114-105W-11L221.5U41-9145.1%551331-8636.0%5712
4/12/2017MILWAUKEE112-94W-13.5W206P41-9145.1%57837-8444.0%5117
4/16/2017CHICAGO102-106L-6.5L206.5O37-8643.0%441539-9142.9%6516
4/18/2017CHICAGO97-111L-7.5L206.5O38-8246.3%491645-8851.1%4910
4/21/2017@ CHICAGO104-87W-2.5W205.5U41-8647.7%431233-8439.3%5517
4/23/2017@ CHICAGO104-95W-1.5W203U38-8146.9%481332-7642.1%5012
4/26/2017CHICAGO108-97W-7.5W205P38-8843.2%45637-7450.0%4516
4/28/2017@ CHICAGO105-83W-3W203.5U39-8048.7%50932-8139.5%4913
4/30/2017WASHINGTON123-111W-4.5W216O46-9051.1%441144-8750.6%5512
5/2/2017WASHINGTON129-119W-5W217.5O45-8851.1%531646-9946.5%5617
5/4/2017@ WASHINGTON89-116L5.5L218U27-7735.1%501643-9246.7%609
5/7/2017@ WASHINGTON102-121L5L214.5O35-7944.3%391844-8452.4%5419
5/10/2017WASHINGTON123-101W-4W217.5O46-8752.9%531135-9138.5%5512
5/12/2017@ WASHINGTON91-92L5.5W214.5U32-7940.5%471037-8643.0%5912
5/15/2017WASHINGTON115-105W-4.5W209.5O42-7953.2%39836-8045.0%5315
5/17/2017CLEVELAND104-117L3.5L218.5O41-8846.6%511439-8148.1%538
5/19/2017CLEVELAND              
5/21/2017@ CLEVELAND              
5/23/2017@ CLEVELAND              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
CLEVELAND: BACKCOURT: PG Kyrie Irving became an instant legend with his Finals-winning shot in Game 7 last year. While he didn't lack for confidence before, that added status will benefit a player who needs to play different roles at different times. SG J.R. Smith, too, is viewed through a new lens now that he's a champion. Smith came up huge for the Cavs in last year's Finals and hasn't put on a shirt since. SG Iman Shumpert really needs to improve his shooting. . . . FRONTCOURT: Basic knowledge of the human body tells us that SF LeBron James has to slow down sometime, but he's shown few actual signs of doing so. Continuing to rest him in the regular season would be very wise of coach Tyronn Lue. It's easy to forget how bad things got with PF Kevin Love last year, but we'll see if his defense on Steph Curry really did heal the situation. When it counts, C Tristan Thompson performs his low-post role to perfection. . . . BOTTOM LINE: With a full offseason as head coach of strategizing under his belt, Lue should be able to create a monster out of a group that few remember seemed lost at times last year. But don't be surprised if James sees more rest than ever.
BOSTON: BACKCOURT: It's hard to believe PG Isaiah Thomas was once a bench player for this team, as he proved himself to be the lifeblood of the Celtics offense in making the All-Star team last year. In SG Avery Bradley and PG Marcus Smart, Boston has two of the best defending guards in the league. If Smart can learn to shoot as well as Bradley, his ceiling goes up considerably. Second-year PG Terry Rozier took strides over the summer and will see minutes this season. . . . FRONTCOURT: While Danny Ainge couldn't quite lure KD to Boston, C Al Horford is by no means a consolation prize. He fits perfectly in the offense and instantly becomes the team's best player. SF Jae Crowder is the perfect mentor for rookie SF Jaylen Brown, as both are gritty defenders with the ability to put the ball in the basket. People seem to have forgotten about PF Kelly Olynyk, who's become a better offensive player every season. . . . BOTTOM LINE: The Celtics added a four-time All-Star and an NBA-ready rookie to a team that won 48 games last season. Throughout his career, Brad Stevens has led his teams to overachieve. It will be interesting to see what that means for a Boston team that's now loaded with talent.
PREVIEW
James, Cavs look to take 2-0 lead on Celtics
 

BOSTON -- LeBron James offered a rather ominous comment after his Cleveland Cavaliers won the opener of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.

"I don't even think we played that great tonight," James said after the Cavs cruised to a 117-104 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Despite not playing "that great," the Cavaliers took over home-court advantage in the series and look to get a two games to none lead Friday night at TD Garden.

James was, well, James in Game 1. He continued his dynamic playoff run with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in a wire-to-wire victory.

To make it tougher for Boston, James had help and the Cavaliers hit 28 of their first 45 shots and coasted, doing so in a game where Kyrie Irving, who usually kills the Celtics, scored just 11 points.

"They put you in a bad matchup almost every time down the floor," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Thursday.

Kevin Love, looking like the Kevin Love from his Minnesota days, fired in a career-playoff-high 32 points, including four 3-pointers in the third quarter, and grabbed 12 rebounds. Tristan Thompson had a career-playoff-best 20 points and nine boards.

The win was the Cavs' 12th straight in the playoffs, dating back to the last three games of the finals last year. James has scored 30 points in seven straight games as he looks to visit the finals for the seventh straight season.

"There's gonna be some adjustments made from both sides," James said Thursday. "We have to be ready for it. Obviously, we don't know the exact adjustments but we know they're gonna make adjustments. That's what good teams do and we have to be ready for anything they bring to the table."

One thing the Celtics would love to bring to the table is more offense from Isaiah Thomas. Boston's little big man, who named All-NBA second team Thursday. (James made his 11th straight first team.) Thomas was hounded by the Cavs in the opening game, scoring just 17 points. He did have 10 assists and became the first Celtic since Rajon Rondo in 2012 with back-to-back playoff double-doubles.

"I'm very confident. I believe in these guys," Thomas said. "We just gotta protect our home court in Game 2 and get the win."

Games 3 and 4 are in Cleveland Sunday and Tuesday.

"LeBron's been playing so well that we really haven't had the chance to feature Kevin, but we've been talking and he's been ready," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "Tonight was a huge performance from him. We needed that."

James is averaging 34.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game in these playoffs.

"Amazing, but he's better than when I first got into the league," said Stevens, in his fourth year in the league and now 0-5 against James and the Cavs in the postseason.

The Celtics, who lost the first two games of their first-round series with the Chicago Bulls at home, had won five straight at home since then before losing the opener of this series.

"We got the shots we wanted on the offensive end almost all of the first half," Thomas said, noting the Cavs were rested while his team had just come off a seven-game series with the Washington Wizards. "We got what we wanted, we just couldn't capitalize on it. I think that was a big reason why our defense was let down as well.

"It's tough to continue to keep playing hard even though we need to when you don't see shots fall."


Last Updated: 9/24/2017 9:22:26 AM EST


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