After a blowout of 0-2 by the Boston Celtics on the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals series in the 2018 NBA Playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back and have won the next two contest.
The Celtics saw their road dilemma continue in Games 3 and 4 against the Cavs. Boston was powerless to contain Cavaliers’ offense and has been defeated in both contests by an average of 19.5 points. Moreover, Boston immensely struggled with their own offensive attack. The Celtics shot just 42 percent from the range in Game 4 regardless of having all the roster’s key starters score in double digits. The good thing for Boston is that this is not a must-win game over the Cavaliers to advance to the NBA Finals.
The Cavs — on the other side of the ball — have officially showed up his signature play in this Eastern Conference Finals series against the Celtics. After a sweep in the first couple of games that made Boston 2-0 series lead, Cleveland have played with great desperation and enthusiasm on the defensive end over the last two contests.
James and the Cavaliers proved that their team weren’t about to roll over in a massive Game 3 victory over Boston on Saturday. And on Monday night continued their campaign by equalizing the series at 2-2 with a 111-102 Game 4 triumph. LeBron concluded the Game with a total of 44 points on an incredibly efficient 17 of 28 shooting from the floor.
This is an enough evidence by Kyle Korver leading the club with three blocks in Game 4. Cavs continue to ride the greatness of future Hall of Famer LBJ, but are also getting occasional contributions from their the bench players. The Cavaliers enters Game 5 with great force, as the pressure shifts back to Celtics homecourt in TD Garden.
The Cavs have now equalized the series, actually making it a best-of-three for the righteous to move on to the NBA Finals. The Celtics still has the homecourt advantage, with Game 5 on Wednesday night and Game 7 — if necessary — on Sunday evening schedules to be played at the the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics have yet to be defeated at home in the 2018 NBA Playoffs, going 9-0 record so far this postseason. Boston’s record for road game leaves much to be coveted, however, as the team fell to 1-6 after getting defeated in Game 4 on Monday night. Cleveland will strive to become the first ball club to fell this East rival in Boston tonight. Should the Cavaliers managed to fulfill this, it would give them a massive opportunity to wrap up the series in Game 6 at home on Friday night.
The Cavaliers was dealing with havoc throughout the 2017-18 NBA regular season — including waiving half of its roster during the trade deadline — while the Celtics was coping with injuries to the two talents expected to lead them through the Eastern Conference. Where LeBron James is still playing like his signature moves, Boston have found salvation from unexpected talent throughout these postseason through rookie Jayson Tatum.
As for Sportsbooks report, the Vegas are giving a minute lead to Boston at homecourt, opening the Celtics as a one-point favorite to win the Game 5. The Cavaliers comfortably covered larger, 6.5- and 7-point spreads in Games 3 and 4, respectively, while tearing off back-to-back wins at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Cavs will now be looking to continue it’s fortune in Game 5, but undertakings to have a much resilient time against a nemesis that has been far and away a better side in front of a congenial crowd.
Should Boston can keep that progression going across the last 3 meet ups, then the team have a great chance at making their first NBA Finals appearance in eight years. Sportsbooks’ odds aren’t favoring this result, however, as this year’s Eastern Conference Finals line once again has the LeBron-led Cavaliers as winner to make their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance at -175, while Boston are +150 dark horse.
Here’s everything you need to know about Eastern Conference Finals — Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game 5 — including live stream online info, TV channel, series schedule, start time, lineup and more.
Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Game 5 Details
Where To Watch Eastern Conference Finals Game 5
- Date: Saturday, May 23, 2018
- Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: TD Garden
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Live Stream Online: WatchESPN.com or WatchESPN app
Cavs vs. Celtics Series Schedule
- Game 1 in Boston: Celtics 108, Cavaliers 83
- Game 2 in Boston: Celtics 107, Cavaliers 94
- Game 3 in Cleveland: Cavaliers 116, Celtics 86
- Game 4 in Cleveland: Cavaliers 111, Celtics 102
- Game 5* in Boston: Wednesday, May 23, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- Game 6* in Cleveland: Friday, May 25, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- Game 7* in Boston: Sunday, May 27, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- * – if necessary