2. Strength on strength
The Cavs rank fifth in the NBA in offensive rating (112.55), while the Celtics rank first in the NBA in defensive rating (103.25). In the previous matchup, Boston prevailed by holding Cleveland to a season-low 88 points on 34.8 percent shooting (31-of-89).
Head coach Brad Stevens has transformed the Celtics into a defensive-minded organization, with Jayson Tatum (0.059), Jaylen Brown (0.058), Marcus Smart (0.058) and Al Horford (0.055) all ranking in the top six for defensive win shares. The other two names? Andre Roberson (0.058) and Kawhi Leonard (0.056).
Simply put, the Cavaliers are going to have their hands full against a Boston team that currently is favored to win the conference title, according to the latest Vegas odds.
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