Celtics vs. Lakers NBA Finals Game 5 Free Pick

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Celtics vs. Lakers NBA Finals Game 5

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The Boston Celtics host the Los Angeles Lakers tonight in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. This is a vital game for both teams, as the winner takes a commanding 3-2 series lead. The Celtics will be playing their final home game of the season tonight, so emotions will be high tonight. The Celtics are 3 point favorites, with a total of 187 points expected tonight. ABC will televise this game starting at 8:00 EDT.

Boston stepped up in a big way in the 4th Quarter of Game 4 to ultimately tie up the NBA Finals with the Lakers at 2-2. More specifically, the Celtics bench stepped up to the challenge and helped defeat the Lakers. F Glen Davis and G Nate Robinson breathed life into this Celtic squad, as Boston outscored the Lakers 36-27 in the decisive 4th quarter. The winner of the 4th quarter has dominated this series, so the fact that Boston is getting help from their bench play certainly puts them in the drivers seat. Davis made 7 of his 10 shots, scoring 18 PTS and grabbing 5 rebounds in 22 minutes of play. Robinson scored 12 PTS in 16 minutes, including 2 vital three pointers. No Celtics player scored more than 19 PTS, but 6 different players scored in double figures. F Paul Pierce led Boston in scoring with 19 PTS. Pierce played arguably his best game of the Finals, as he also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists in a well rounded performance. Boston is 64-39 SU and 47-54-2 ATS overall this season. The Celtics are 32-20 SU and 20-31-1 ATS overall at home this season. Boston is 9-5 ATS in games that they had at least 2 days of rest in this year.

The Celtics are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games against a team with a winning road record. The Under is 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite.

Los Angeles certainly had their chances, as they entered the final quarter of Game 4 with the lead. Unfortunately, the Lakers couldn't match the passion of the Celtics bench, and it hurt them defensively as they gave up 36 4th quarter points. 3 of the 5 starters for Los Angeles played at least 40 minutes during Game 4. Only 2 starters scored in double figures for the Lakers, G Kobe Bryant and F Pau Gasol. Bryant had a game high 33 PTS, including 6 three pointers. However, Bryant had 7 turnovers against only 2 assists. When Los Angeles plays from behind, it's vital that Bryant trust his teammates. Gasol had 21 PTS and 6 rebounds in Game 4, including 9 made free throws. Los Angeles still isn't getting much from their bench, as they were outscored 36-18 by the Celtics bench in Game 4. The Lakers very well might not win another game this season if they don't take better care of the basketball. In Game 4, the Lakers had 18 turnovers against 15 assists as a

team. The Lakers are 71-31 SU and 44-55-3 ATS overall this season. Los Angeles is 28-23 SU and 23-27-1 ATS overall on the road this year. The Lakers are 5-8 ATS as a road underdog of 3 PTS or fewer this season.

The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog. The Under is 21-7 in their last 28 games playing on 2 days rest.

Pregame.com projects the final score to be 98-97 in favor of the Boston Celtics. The Over 187 is the Total of the Day!

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