NBA ECF Game 7 Tips and Preview

It doesn't get much bigger than a Game 7 in the Conference Finals.

Alex Herman
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Sat, 26 May, 4:44 PM

 

The second Game 7 for the Cavaliers and Celtics this postseason. Who will progress to the NBA Finals?

It comes down to one final game in Boston. The Cavaliers kept the series alive by winning Game 6 at home and never really looked in too much trouble, as the home side has looked all series.

 

These teams are really quite opposite in terms of who they rely on. The Cavaliers heavily relying on Lebron James to put up almost 40 points just to keep them in it, while the Celtics are a true embodiment of a team performance; spreading the points around between many players.

 

It's truly been a strange series, with the home team dominating every game. This works well into Boston's favour with them hosting the final game of the series and Cleveland has looked quite putrid in all three games at Boston so far, averaging just 87 points per game there. 

 

This game is simply a case of whether Cleveland can gain any sort of offensive rhythm. While they have been dominated in the three matches at Boston, their defense has been just fine. The Cavaliers simply need to produce some consistent offense and they'll be right in this. However, they've shown little to prove that they will do this in Game 7.

 

The Celtics on the other hand just need to keep playing their brand of basketball involving extremely stout defense and spreading the ball. While it's not necessarily an explosive, exciting brand of basketball to watch, it's been extremely effective at home these playoffs (still undefeated).

 

With a key injury for the Cavs in Kevin Love, there is not all that much to suggest they can turn the tables on Boston in Boston. The Celtics have almost totally been untroubled at home in this series and the Cavaliers simply haven't had anywhere near the consistency they need to beat an extremely well coached team like the Celtics. It's always a brave man who doubts Lebron James but it'll take another monumental effort from him (and he'll still need some help) to keep them in this. Certainly not impossible but I'd go with what we've seen in every games this series - and that's the home team dominating.

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