Match-Up: Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) at Boston Celtics (3-2)

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In a series where each team has been handed their worst home playoff loss, expect the un-expected in Game 6.

Down in the series three games to two, Game 6 could be LeBron James’ last as a Cleveland Cavalier. The Celtics won a crucial Game 5 in Cleveland by 32 points! Boston held James to only 15 points on 3 of 14 shooting. James did not score his first field goal until the 3rd quarter. James’ main supporting cast, guard Mo Williams and forward, Antawn Jamison combined to score only 18 points. Believe it or not, but Shaq was the Cavs leading scoring, dropping in 21 points.

Boston played Game 5 like it was their Game 7. Guard Ray Allen shot 6 for 9 from three-point range. As a team, the Celtics shot 53% from behind the arc. Forward Paul Pierce added a double-double(21 points/11 rebounds), but more importantly, played solid defense on James.

Here are some stats to chew on before I make my Game 6 pick.

In all-time best-of-seven series, the team with a 3-2 series lead is 123-104 (.542) in Game 6.

Overall, the team with a 3-2 lead is 193-34 (.851) in those series.

All-time, the Celtics are 32-1 in series where they have held a 3-2 advantage with the only blemish coming last year against Orlando.

After watching the game last night, LeBron James looked….uninterested? I don’t know if his elbow is still bothering him, but he wouldn’t tell anyone if it was. He did not attack the basket nor play like a First-Team All NBA Defender.

The Celtics have looked great in these last two games. They’ve been crushing Cleveland on the glass, out-rebounding them by 27 in Games 5,6. The Celtics have been winning the turnover battle by a landslide. Tonight has all the makings of LeBron James’ farewell to the Cavalier franchise.

The Pick: Boston Celtics

Boston opened as a one-point favorite.

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May Record: 5-7

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