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NBA Eastern Conference Finals Prediction: Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons Game 3

by Steve Hastings on Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Experience… this is the big difference between the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons appeared very loose, and comfortable going into Bean Town, and stepping into a legendary basketball city, with ruckus crowds, screaming and hollering profanities at them. I don’t think I can say the same about the C’s tonight, going into the Motor City. Expect the infamous, “Dee-troit-Basketball” chat, to be as loud as it has ever been. Not only can the Pistons smell blood in the water, so can their fans. World Champions at SportsBetting.com have the hometown Detroit Pistons -5 points favorite to win game 3 against the visiting (+5) Boston Celtics and the O/U for this games has been set at a combined 175 ½ total points.

For the Boston Celtics, it is getting down to desperate times. Tonight’s game, win or loose for the Celtics, will reveal many things about this team’s character, and ultimately about this team’s chances of ever becoming a championship contender in the East, with its current roster.   

Kevin Garnett’s electricity is contagious; this team needs to feed off their leader, and follow his lead, if they want to have any chance to achieve what has escaped them the entire 2008 playoffs… a road win.

As a matter of fact, they haven’t even come close, to winning a road game. I mean, not even against the Hawks, did they have any chance.

Boston has gotten blown out, in every single road game in these playoffs. Its like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, its unbelievable. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it… 

If they want to stretch this series (the distance), they have to start tonight. In game 3, they have to at least show some sign that they are getting closer to figuring it out. They have to show, that can at least compete with a great Detroit Pistons team.

The Celtics most likely will not win tonight’s game. However, if they can avoid getting completely blown out, they might have a chance to steal game 4 in Detroit. But, if they do get blown out once again, consider these series over. This is their last chance to show, what they are made of. And I hold Doc Rivers and his coaching staff, completely responsible for their miscues on the road.

My NBA Prediction: How can you not like DET -5

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