With the Celtics coming into Cleveland for the first time since opening day, this is will be a matchup to watch. The Celtics are a tad bit banged up, while the Cavaliers are missing some key components, due to injury or trade. How will this play out?
This year, the Celtics have had consistent trouble with athletic and young teams, such as the Hawks, who have a 4-0 record against the Celtics. They also have been incredibly inconsistent, losing to teams such as the Nets and getting blown out by the Grizzlies at home. But their record isn't terrible, at 41-23, that only puts them half a game back of the Hawks, who have the third seed right now.
The Cavaliers haven't been picture perfect this year either. They started out 2-3, then were good again. They then has a 2 game losing streak in December. Then a 13 game winning streak shortly after, and then a 3 game losing streak. Right now, they have won 2 in a row, and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. But the Cavs have the best record in the NBA with a 51-15 record.
With the addition of Antwan Jamison, their chemistry depleted, and they lost their main piece before Lebron-the ever so loved-Big Z. Although he didn't like being used, just to get a good player on the Cavs, in Antwan Jamison, he is eager to get a deal signed with the Cavs on the 22nd of March, in 8 days.
Overall I think the Cavs maintain the advantage here, because they are a younger team, especially since Shaq was out of the lineup. When the Cavaliers faced up against the Celtics in the latter days of February, Shaw got injured in the 2nd Quarter. At that point, they were down by 11. At the end of the game, the Cavs extended the lead to 22 at one point, that is a 33 point swing.
So for my prediction: The game will stay locked for the first 3 quarters, with no tea leading by more than 7 points, and then the Cavs pull away in the 4th Quarter, and winning it by 13.
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