LEBRON HAS NEVER LOST A FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF SERIES – WOULD A LOSS HERE END HIS CAVS CAREER?
Well the Cavs made a huge trade at the Deadline, then went out and dismantled the Celtics in it’s first game with the four new additions. They’ve rarely looked dominant since. In fact, for most part, it’s been a really hard team to watch, as nobody playing in a Cavs uniform, not wearing #23, has chipped in much, in a very long time.
Thanks to a few gigantic late 3’s in Game 4 by Cavs Kyle Korver, the Cavs are still playing in this Series. The Pacers have been the better team for the most part in all 6 games played thus far, and when you add in the Pacers beat the Cavs in 3 of it’s 4 regular season meetings, and the better “on the court head to head” team this season has been the young and much hungrier Pacers bunch.
The Pacers have enjoyed two Blowout wins so far, with the 3 losses all by less then 4 points. They had legitimate chances to win all 6 games. The Cavs starting point guards are now on a milk carton. Hill and Calderon have 8 assists combined, with the same number of turnovers. They have score a combined 26 points in the 6 games thus far. Add in J.R. Reid struggles, (shooting only 29% in this Series), and Kevin Love searching for his shot as well, and the only Cavs player doing anything, is Lebron James. The Cavs have fell in love with the deep ball since the trade, and they missed their last 11 bombs in Game 6.
The three best Big men in this Series not named Lebron, all play for the Pacers. Sabonis, T. Young and Turner have all played fantastic this Series, with Sabonis almost unstoppable by any Cav’s Big, and really only his many missed “bunnies” from under the hoop have kept him from contributing even more.
Before Game 6, the Pacers had placed Victor Oladipo’s picture on milk cartons all over Indiana, but wow did he get found at the most important time ever. In Game 6 it was Oladipo who came out smokin’ hot, scoring 15 points and giving the team the boost it needed and that propelled the Home crowd to just go crazy the entire night. Oladipo finished Game 6 with a triple double (28 pts, 13 Reb’s and 10 assists) and the Pacers were simply overpowering the Cavs in the “physical Department”. This Pacers team may be young, but they have shown no backing down and likely won’t in Game 7 either.
I’ve said this many times, but Game 7’s in any sport are great for the fans, unless your a fan of one of these two teams, then it can be nerve wracking. Win and advance, lose and the season comes to an abrupt end. The Cavs superstar Lebron James has never lost a first round Playoff Series. If this one happens to be his first, well it also could be his last, wearing a Cavs jersey that is. Bottom line with this Cavs team, they simply are not that good. But Lebron is that good and able to carry this team to a win on Sunday, all by himself.
GARY’S FINAL SHOT:
Lebron did sit out the entire fourth quarter on Friday night, so he should bring in relatively fresh legs to this big Game 7. The Cavs likely will get a 35-10-10 type of game from Lebron, but who else is going to step up? Love has a bad wrist, which clearly is affecting his shot. The keys will be Reid and Korver. Both are streaky shooters, and if one, or both, can even get the team 17-20 points and just put some pressure on Pacers to stop just loading big bodies in the Paint, that could be enough to propel this Cavs team to Round 2. If it’s just a one man King James show, the Cavs season will end with a big fat THUD.
SUNDAY APRIL 29th, 2018: NBA LAS VEGAS ODDS
CLEVELAND CAVS (GAME 7) *(-5 1/2) *(TOTAL: 199) vs. Indiana Pacers (SERIES TIED 3-3)
HOUSTON ROCKETS (GAME 1) * (-11 / -11 1/2) * (TOTAL: 207) vs. Utah Jazz
UPDATED NBA A.T.S. RECORDS THRU SAT. APRIL 28TH GAMES:
FAVORITES (30-14) OVERS (21) * UNDERS (22) DOGS STRAIGHT UP (8)
Las Vegas Handicapper Gary Greene
*Gary Greene is a longtime Pro Sports Bettor and Winning Sports Handicapper for over 30 years in Las Vegas. He is also Publisher of a Football “Betting” Magazine and a longtime Radio and TV Sports Host/Analyst covering all Sports.