NBA Eastern Conference Finals - Game 3 Free Pick

The Eastern Conference Finals in the NBA turns it's attention to Game 3 on Saturday. The game will be played at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, where the ECF has been played for four straight seasons now. The home team trails in the series 2-0 to the Boston Celtics.

The saying: "a series does not start until the road team wins" kind of holds true here. If the series has't started for Cleveland, they better get started soon. Cleveland lost the first two games in Boston scoring just 88.5 points per game. Game 3 features the Cleveland Cavaliers at -6 over the Boston Celtics.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Will anyone help out LeBron James in Game 3? James was not very good in Game 1, but was super in Game 2. The King scored 42 points, ripped down 10 rebounds, and dished out 12 assists. His 39 minutes was a game high. Kevin Love was basically the only dude on the Cavaliers to give much help. Kyle Korver added 11 points off the bench.

J.R. Smith was terrible in Game2. He missed all 7 shots, turned the ball over, and actually should be suspended for Game 3 due to his flagrant foul. Cleveland needs more from George Hill, Tristan Thompson, Jeff Green and Rodney Hood. If they do not get it in Game 3 on Saturday night, the run of three straight NBA Finals trips will be over.

Boston Celtics

Brad Stevens is a magician. The job he is doing to get this Boston Celtics team to the Eastern Conference Finals is one of the best. Marcus Morris has been a huge key for the Celtics. Despite just 12 points, his ability to defend, and get under the skin of the opposition has been huge. In the win on Tuesday, the Celtics saw six guys score double digits.

Terry Rozier has been spectacular this postseason, making many question whether Kyrie Irving is necessary for this team to succeed. He was 7/16 from the field in Game 2, but his 36 minutes were huge. The Celtics boast two young starts with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Brown led Boston with 23 points in Game 2.

Cleveland Avoids Disaster

Man, no Kyrie Irving and no Gordon Hayward and the Boston Celtics are two wins away from heading to the NBA Finals. The Celtics certainly remember a season ago, when the Cavs knocked them out in the Eastern Conference Finals. Revenge is on the minds of the Boston Celtics.

Look for Cleveland to salvage a win in this game. But, it's hard to endorse the Cavs winning this series. Boston needs just 2 wins in the next 5 games. Game 3 is what we are talking about here- and push comes to shove, the Cavaliers win this game. Can they cover the spread? It will be close, but we are going with Cleveland -6. Our final score prediction is 101-93 Cleveland.