NBA Playoff Prediction: Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers
The Boston Celtics are at home tonight where they excel, but LeBron James ain’t having none of that. LeBron is still having nightmares of their Game 1 loss in Boston where he missed a layup with 8.5 seconds left to win the game. Tonight they’ll try the same when the Celtics host the Cavs. The best of seven series is tied at 2-2. Oddsmakers at BetUS.com have the Celtics as 9-point favs over the Cavs with the over/under set at 176. Get your NBA Playoff Prediction in now at BetUS.com.
The Cavs know the playoffs don’t start until you get a win on the road. They are 2-3 SU on the road in the playoffs where they’ve averaged 84 PPG. Their last two games at Boston they could only muster up a low 72 ½ points. The main reason has been the great defense of the Celtics. So how do they slow down the Celtics? They must fight defense with defense, they are allowing the Celtics too many points in the paint. In Game 1 and Game 2 the Cavs were outscored a combined 44-58 in the paint. Their offense must do better shooting from the field and LeBron needs to start sinking the rock. He was 8 for 42 from the field in the first two games in Boston.
The Celtics are deadly at home, they are 5-0 SU at home in the playoffs where they average 94 PPG. They are 4-1 ATS at home. Despite their great home record they still need to work hard. Technically they could win a Championship without ever winning on the road, but no team has ever done that. "I'm not even thinking about a Game 7. That's definitely the idea: Get a win (Wednesday) night and try to close it out in Game 6," Pierce said. "We definitely have to play well (in Game 5), because we haven't been playing well on the road.”You kind of want to treat it like a Game 7, because you can't count on winning Game 6." Paul Pierce leads the Celtics averaging 19 PPG while Kevin Garnetts pulls down an average 9 RPG.
Recent Trends to Consider
~Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games.
~Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
~Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
~Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
~Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
~Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.
~Celtics are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games.
~Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Boston.
~Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
~Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Boston Scientific gets FDA OK for new heart implants
Officials at Boston Scientific Corp. report that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted the medical devices giant approvals for two new cardiac implants.
Natick-based Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) said the FDA approvals were for its Cognis cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator and Teligen implantable cardioverter defibrillator. The devices are designed to treat sudden cardiac death and heart failure.
The approvals announcement is the second positive development for Boston Scientific in the past week. The company revealed May 9 that a Canadian court had ruled in its favor in a lawsuit from competitor and New Jersey-based medical products powerhouse Johnson & Johnson, which had accused Boston Scientific of infringing on its patents for cardiovascular stents.
Company CEO Jim Tobin said in a statement that the firm has garnered more than 10 regulatory approvals for new devices worldwide this year.
Boston Scientific, a global developer, manufacturer and distributor of medical devices, reported a 2007 net loss of $495 million on revenue of $8.4 billion. The firm employed 27,500 workers worldwide as of December 2007.
Boston Bruins re-sign forward Chuck Kobasew to a multi-year deal
The Boston Bruins have re-signed forward Chuck Kobasew to a US$7 million, three-year contract extension Tuesday.
Kobasew will make $2 million next season and $2.5 million in each of the final two years of the deal.
Kobasew, a native of Osoyoos, B.C., had a career year for Boston in the regular season with 22 goals, 17 assists and 39 points.
Kobasew was acquired by the Bruins from the Calgary Flames in February 2007. He is 55-57-112 in 293 regular season games with Boston and the Flames.
Pistons reach NBA semi-finals for sixth year in a row
Richard Hamilton scored 31 points and the Detroit Pistons advanced to the National Basketball Association semi-finals for the sixth year in a row by defeating Orlando 91-86 Tuesday.
The Pistons captured the best-of-seven Eastern Conference second-round series four games to one and will next play either the Boston Celtics or Cleveland Cavaliers for a berth in next month's NBA Finals.
"It's an awesome feeling for us to get the opportunity to play in the Eastern Conference finals for six straight years, but it's one of those things that we feel as though we're supposed to," Hamilton said.
"That's our confidence. We feel as though we have to make it there and we have to try to get back to the Finals."
During the latest run of trips to the NBA's final four, the Pistons won a title in 2004 and lost the 2005 final to San Antonio in seven games but lost in the East final in 2003 and the past two years.
Detroit improved to 15-3 in potential series-clinching games and became the first team to reach six conference finals in a row since the Los Angeles Lakers did it in the West from 1984 through 1989.
The Celtics, the NBA regular-season champions, lead Cleveland 2-1 in their series and are the only NBA team that would have a playoff home-court edge on the Pistons, who were ousted by the Cavaliers last year in the semi-finals.
Antonio McDyess scored 17 points, 11 of them in the fourth quarter, and grabbed 11 rebounds to spark the Pistons despite playing with a heavy heart after learning just before the game that his grandmother had died.
"It made me think she was looking down upon us and I'll definitely dedicate this win to her because she never missed a game," McDyess said. "She always called me, always talking about the game. She loved the Pistons.
"I'm just happy to have the opportunity to win this game on such an important day of her passing - brings tears to my eyes, pretty much. I tried not to think about it when I was on the court. She was definitely with me."
The Pistons also had 15 points from Rodney Stuckey and 14 points from Rasheed Wallace.
"We just tried to play together and talk on defense," McDyess said. "Rip (Hamilton) got us going on offense. We just tried to play off him."
Detroit scored 13 points in a row to seize a 78-70 edge and McDyess hit three free throws in a row to give the Pistons an 82-72 lead, their largest of the game.
Hedo Turkoglu, who led Orlando with 18 points, hit a jumper and assisted on a Rashard Lewis 3-pointer to cut Detroit's lead in half with 3:08 remaining and the margin was the same, 89-85, after Tayshaun Prince hit a free throw with 79 seconds remaining.
Turkoglu answered with back-to-back baskets to pull Orlando within a point but the Turkish standout knocked a rebound out of bounds with 20.9 seconds remaining and Orlando began fouling to stop the clock.
Hamilton, who was perfect on 16 free throws, hit six in the final 19.6 seconds to keep the Magic at bay while Prince blocked a Turkoglu dunk attempt and Orlando lost the ball out of bounds on the next possession, the 21st and last Magic turnover of the game. Those giveaways set up 34 Pistons points.
"It was a disappointing way to go out," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Nothing is going to feel good if you lose but, if you come in and you play great and they play great and you just can't get it done, that's one thing.
"But 21 turnovers and 57 percent at the free-throw line, it's just very disappointing to come into an elimination game and play that poorly and make that many mistakes."
The Pistons played without point guard Chauncey Billups, who is suffering from a strained right hamstring suffered in a game three road loss last week. Billups also missed Detroit's 90-89 victory at Orlando in game four Saturday.
"It will mean a lot to get some rest, especially to have Chauncey back in the lineup in the next round," McDyess said.
Dwight Howard had 14 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando, which failed to back up Jameer Nelson's guarantee of a victory. Nelson also had 14 points.
"It hurts, but we want to be a great team, and that's what the Pistons are right now," Howard said. "They are going for the championship, and next year, we want to be the ones playing in June."