Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics 5/27/18, Prediction & Odds

LeBron James: No issues with leg, focused on resting up for Game 7

While the Cavaliers' solid play is a positive, what is even more encouraging for the next game is that Boston played extremely well overall but still lost by 10 points.

In his absence, Celtics teammate Al Horford also had his worst game of the series, scoring six points and adding nine boards.

This series will always be remembered for one of the most iconic shots in National Basketball Association history: Ray Allen's corner three-pointer to tie Game 6 at the end of regulation, a game Miami would go on to win in overtime and force Game 7. LeBron then spent a minute recapping the tumultuous relationship he's had with sports media for years: "There's not many like you, I tell you".

Larry Nance Jr. played 22 minutes as he and Tristan Thompson saw an increased role due to Love's injury.

Precocious wing Tatum shook off a slow start to score 15 points on 7-for-13 shooting with three rebounds and two assists. "Obviously, they'll run a little bit less of the Love stuff, and more of the other stuff. probably more opportunities for LeBron, more opportunities for (Kyle) Korver and (J.R.) Smith, more opportunities off those pick and rolls".

Love only played five minutes Friday, leaving with a concussion after an inadvertent head butt from Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. He was taken to the Cavs' locker room shortly after. James is averaging 27.6 points per game on the road this series, compared with 37 at home (though he did explode for 42 points in Game 2 in Boston).

George Hill added 20 points, and Jeff Green 14 for the Cavs. Dropped to 1-4 in Game 6s over the last four postseasons.

As the Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to clinch a trip to a fourth straight NBA Finals, they'll be without one of their top players. When the Celtics get that complete effort they can overwhelm the Cavaliers.

In Games 1, 2 and 5 in Boston, the Cavs went 0-3 and were outscored by 51 points. Compare that to the fact that he has shot just 26 percent from the floor and 22 percent from three-point range in the three home games and that's a significant difference between the two locations.

The NBA Play-offs are finely poised with both conference finals all square heading into the deciding matches.

With injuries to some key pieces, the Celtics have basically gone with a seven-man rotation against the Cavaliers - bringing Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart off the bench.

So far this series, Love has (surprisingly) played much better in TD Garden than he has in Quicken Loans Arena.

James sat out less than two minutes in the 48-minute contest, taking his first rest with less than a minute to play in the third quarter.

"My reaction is win one game", Lue said.

With the Cavs' backs against the wall, James pushed the issue all night to fight out of the corner, attacking Celtics defenders big and small with an array of moves off the bounce, in the half-court and in transition.

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