Thursdayís Eastern Conference Finals Game 5
Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers)
Even though the Orlando Magic are up 3-1 in the series with the
Cleveland Cavaliers and are heading into an elimination game in
Cleveland, this series has been as close as they come.
Every single game so far in this series has seem to be decided
within the last minute or so with great last second shots and clutch
plays. I think we will be in for another tight one in Cleveland for
game five as the Cavs fight to keep their NBA Finals hopes alive!
Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers Game 5
Cavs -7.5 O/U 190 at Bodog
There is no doubt in my mind that the Orlando Magic is the better
team in this series. The Cavs obviously have the better all around
player in LeBron James, but the Magic supporting cast has proven
they can step up and get the job done time and time again which I
believe will be the difference when it is all said and done.
Even though the Magic are the better team in my opinion, I think the
Cavs will win game five. The pressure is on both teams, but I really
canít see LeBron and company losing an elimination game at home.
The Cavs biggest problem with the Magic is the match ups. No one on
the Cavs, besides LeBron of course, can guard Rashard Lewis and Hedo
Turkoglu. Both Lewis and Hedo play like guards, shoot the basketball
exceptionally well from inside and outside and have shown they have
the ability to hit clutch shots consistently.
Rafer Alston also showed how he can hurt the Cavs in game four with
his 26 points and six three pointers. The Magic just have too many
weapons compared to a Cavs team that obviously depends on LeBron for
almost all their offensive production.
In all three of their losses so far LeBron has scored 40+ points
making it painfully obvious for the Cavs that he can not do it all
on his own. A few of the Cavs supporting cast have had some good
performances that have given the Magic problems defensively like
Delonte West, but I just donít see enough of LeBronís crew stepping
up to be able to win three straight games.
The Cavs will get game five, like I said before, but once this
series moves back to Orlando this series is done.
Unfortunately for the Cavs, game five will most likely be another
game with LeBron James going one on five all night long to be able
to win the game. It should be a close game, I am not counting out
the Magic completely, but there is just too much on the line in game
five for Cavs for them to lose at home in an elimination game.
Ultimately though, the Magic will advance to the NBA Finals in my
opinion unless the Cavs can pull off a miracle. Mo Williams, Delonte
West and possibly Daniel Gibson will have to be the players to step
up in order to avoid elimination.
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