In Saturday’s NBA action, there are two Eastern Conference semifinals match ups with the Philadelphia 76ers hosting the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Toronto Raptors.
The Celtics have a 2-0 lead over the 76ers after winning the first two games of the series at home. The Cavaliers are looking good heading home, up 2-0 after winning the first two games of their series against the Raptors north of the border.
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NBA multi selections for Friday, May 4 games:
Philadelphia 76ers to beat the Boston Celtics (-590)
Cleveland Cavaliers to beat the Toronto Raptors (-200)
Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Saturday April 5, 5:00 PM EST at Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA
In Game 2 the Celtics beat the 76ers 108-103 after coming back from being 22 points down. Both teams shot a pretty similar overall FG% and 3-pt FG%, but the Celtics came up big in the 2nd half outscoring Philly by 10 points.
The 76ers had three starters go for at least 20 points led by J.J. Reddick, who went for 23 points. Joel Embiid had a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds, but was only 8/22 from the floor and he missed five of his six 3-pointers.
Likely Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons was a no show in Game 2 going for only one points and he missed all four of his field goals.
The Celtics had a balanced attack with six players scoring in double figures led by Jayson Tatum, who went for 22 points. Al Horford had a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.
The 76ers lost both home games facing the Celtics in the regular season and are down 2-0 in this series, but they will turn things around in this game. Simmons will bounce back and Embiid will have a big game, as the 76ers will get the W and get back in the series.
Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Saturday May 5, 8:30 PM EST at Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH
In Game 2 of this series in Toronto the Cavaliers took a 2-0 lead in the series with a 128-110 win over the Raptors. While the Raptors shot a legit 54.3% from the floor they committed 11 turnovers and only forced three and they allowed Cleveland to shoot a scorching FG% of 59.5%.
The Raptors had a 2-point lead at the half in Game 2, but were outscored by 20 points in the 2nd half.
Big shock the Cavs were led by LeBron James, who went for 43 points and had 14 assists and eight rebounds. It was the 2nd time in three games he had at least 43 points.
Cleveland head coach Tyron Lue decided to stick with the struggling Kevin Love in Game 2 and it paid off with Love going off for 31 points and 11 rebounds.
The dynamic backcourt duo for Toronto in DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 45 points, but only two other players for the Raptors went for double figures. These two need more help in the scoring department if Toronto is going to win Game 3 in Cleveland.
King James will lead the Cavs again, Love will have another solid game, and the Cavs will win Game 3 and take a 3-0 series lead.
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