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Friday, 05 April 2013 20:52

Game Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics

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Cleveland Cavaliers (22-52, 9-28 Away) @ Boston Celtics (39-36, 26-11 Home)

TD Garden, 7:30 PM EST

Officials: Michael Smith, Karl Lane, Mark Lindsay

Line: Boston -6.5, Over/Under = 201.5

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The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Boston is looking for their third win in four game against the Cavaliers this season. The last game came on March 27th in Cleveland and Jeff Green scored the game-winner as time expired for his second game-winning basket this season.

 
PROBABLE STARTERS

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

PG: Kyrie Irving

SG: Wayne Ellington

SF: Alonzo Gee

PF: Tristan Thompson

C: Tyler Zeller

 

Boston Celtics

PG: Avery Bradley

SG: Paul Pierce

SF: Jeff Green

PF: Brandon Bass

PF: Chris Wilcox

 
INJURIES

C.J. Miles, Day-to-Day

Paul Pierce, Day-to-Day

Kevin Garnett, OUT

 
WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Jeff Green has gotten hot since he cracked the starting lineup. He’s started seven straight games in place of an injured Kevin Garnett. He’s averaging 21.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and 3.7 APG  over that span.

"I don't try to take over games. We have 'the Truth,'" said Green, calling Pierce by his nickname. "We feed off each other. If it's in my hands, I try to make a play. If it's in his hands, he'll try to make a play. We're playing off each other." --- via ESPN

Last time out, Green led the Celtics with 34 points in 98-93 win over Detroit at home.

Paul Pierce is listed as Day-to-Day and if he and Garnett are out, that will put the pressure on Green to score 30+ points again tonight.

With Garnett sidelined, Boston has allowed 102. 86 PPG in their last seven games.

Cleveland might have as many key injuries as Boston. They’ve been without their second best player for most of the season, Anderson Varejao, and Dion Waiters, who was second on the team in scoring, has been out for seven games in a row.

 
NOTES

The Cavaliers have lost 10 games in a row. Their longest such streak since 2010-2011.

Kyrie Irving is averaging 26.0 points in five career meetings against the Celtics, tied for his second-highest mark against any opponent. --- via ESPN

The Celtics are just 2.5 games ahead of Milwaukee for the 7-seed.

 
PREDICTION

With Celtics on the verge of clinching the 7-seed in the East, I expect Pierce to suit up, but only play limited minutes if the Celtics really need him. Jeff Green has shown the aggression everyone has been waiting for since being inserted into the starting lineup and I see that trend continuing with another 25+ point performance tonight. If Boston gets a big game from Jason Terry, they’ll win at home handedly. If not, Kyrie Irving will take over late.

Boston Celtics 96, Cleveland Cavaliers 89

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