BOSTON CELTICS @ DETROIT PISTONS (-5.5) (Ova 175)
As I watched the 4th quarter of these two on Hump Day, it was painfully obvious how inept the Celtic offense is when the Pistons decide to play lockdown D. As mentioned daily, when the contest becomes a possession by possession battle, Doc’s squad struggles to get clean looks as their offense spends most of the shot-clock just trying to get into their sets…honestly, it’s almost like their coached by a YMCA volunteer . On the Pistons side during these situations, they run tight screens and make decisive cuts to get mid-range jumpers and wide-open kick outs….and with the Flip’s vets needing a must win, I expect to see solid execution all night.
Especially with an atmosphere in Detroit that reminds me of a beach volleyball match with cheereleaders (I have no idea what that means), look for the crafty vets to thrive off the home-crowd tonight. While RIP is listed as questionable tonight, so was Aurora Snow prior to the shooting of “Train my White Azz” and she pulled off one of her all-time great performances. In addition, Chauncey looked more like his old self in Game 5 (26 pts, 6 ass, 5 reb), as his counterpart is getting a little shot-happy as the series has progressed (3-14 fgs in Game 5), so expect Mr. Big Shot to exploit the match-up even more at home. As for the OVA/UNDA...
As for the OVA/UNDA, even though these two totaled 208 in Wednesday’s contest, in Mo-Town they haven’t scored OVA 170 yet. I believe that trend will continue in Game 6 and for Boston to struggle from the outside more than they did in Game 5 (53% from behind the arc). Throw-in some bad offensive set from Capt. Rivers and this game will be ugly…Pistons 86 Celtics 76
Sorry for the short post. I got pretty messed up in Wrigleyville last night and have been trying to drink as much water as possible. Have a great weekend Homeboys and make sure to give my boy Teasin' T-Bone some luv 2marrow and Sunday Funday!