Cavs vs. Celtics
March 2009 NBA
There have been some great Eastern conference rivalries in the past
with plenty of memorable games which we can never forget. The 80s
and 90s were chalk full of these kind of match ups that every NBA
fan looked forward to, most of which involved the Michael Jordan’s
One of the best Eastern conference match ups back in the day was
MJ’s Chicago Bulls going up against Isiah Thomas’ Detroit Piston Bad
Boys. There has never been a match up more physical in recent memory
as the Pistons just hurt people, especially Michael Jordan. MJ was
so unstoppable back then that the Pistons defense was solely
directed at putting Jordan to the floor every time he got in the
This decade however has been dominated by the Western conference.
With the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers going back and
forth winning titles, no team in the East even stood a chance
besides the Pistons who were able to beat Shaq and Kobe before the
Lakers broke up their championship team.
Although the West still has some very good teams, including the
Lakers and Spurs, the East has gotten back to its dominant was with
some of the best teams in the NBA coming out of that conference.
The Los Angeles Lakers are arguably the best team the NBA has to
offer right now, but not far behind them are the Orlando Magic,
Cleveland Cavaliers and the defending champion Boston Celtics.
Last season the Celtics pretty much dominated the entire Eastern
conference with little resistance from any team in the East, but
this season is another story altogether.
There is a pretty big drop off after the top three teams in the East
with Dwyane Wade’s Miami Heat as possibly the fourth best team in
the East, but the Magic, Celtics and Cavs are as tough as they come.
One of the most intriguing match ups in the East right now is the
Celtics against LeBron James Cavs. Cleveland has been nothing short
of amazing this season as they have the best home record in the
league with only one loss to the Lakers in 27 games at the Q.
The Celtics on the other hand have struggle a little as of late with
Kevin Garnett out of the lineup due to an injured knee. Boston has
improved their depth by signing Stephon Marbury, but will need to
get KG back as soon as possible before they let the Cavs run away
with the number one seed in the Eastern conference.
The Cavs were bit by the injury bug as well by losing Ben Wallace to
a broken leg, but with the recent signing of Joe Smith the injury to
Wallace will not hurt LeBron and company as much as once thought.
Not only is this a huge game for both teams, as this game could be a
possible Eastern conference finals preview, but home court in the
NBA finals might be on the line for both teams.
The Cavs won the last game in January in Cleveland and with KG out
they should win this one as well. This game could be a nail bitter
with Paul Pierce and LeBron James likely to have another classic
head to head battle, but the Cavs too good right now to fall to a
Celtics team without KG. Both
Bet Jamaica and
Sportsbook.com opened this game
Celtics -2 with a total of 184 and we'll take the +2 here.
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