The mystery of LeBron James’ elbow is approaching the status of who shot JFK? Here’s the medical update from Bangthebook.com as Cleveland and Boston get ready to play Friday night.
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The No. 1 seed Cleveland is a one-point road favorite with a total of 191 ½-points. Tip-off is 7 pm ET.
James has a strained elbow and it was thought he would undergo another MRI, but that’s not likely now. He’s gotten four days to rest as the teams had a rare playoff break since Monday.
James scored 24 points in the 104-86 Game 2 home loss to Boston. That tied up the series 1-1 and put doubt in the minds of Cavs’ fans, especially given their checkered history.
Boston lost 17 games at home this year after dominating the last two years. The ATS record is 15-28-1, although they were 3-0 SU and ATS at home versus Miami last round.
The C’s are a veteran team that is smelling blood with the James’ situation. They do have some injuries to big man Kevin Garnett (foot) and Kendrick Perkins (knee), but it will be shocking if they don’t play.
The league MVP (LeBron) needs a great performance tonight to send a message to his team. Otherwise, it could be a loss in the game and eventually the series.
Phoenix Suns (+6 ½) at San Antonio Spurs
Game time is 9:30 pm ET. Phoenix took the first two games at home, withstanding late runs by San Antonio each time. Those are games the Suns might have lost in prior years, but this team appears stronger mentally and also has the stronger bench.
San Antonio is getting no bench support except for sixth man Tony Parker. He plays starter minutes with big man Antonio McDyess going to the pine. That leaves a ‘small ball’ lineup with Tim Duncan the only ‘big,’ but it hasn’t worked yet.
The Suns ‘covered’ both games and are 5-0 ATS versus the Spurs this year. They lost the one game in San Antonio earlier this year 113-110 as four-point dogs.
The Spurs are a very good home team at 32-12 SU and 26-16-2 ATS. They will be playing desperate which is why the spread is pretty high.
Note the ‘over’ is 5-0 in the five meetings this year.