Cavaliers vs. Celtics: How the teams match up for the Eastern Conference finals

A look at how the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics match up for the Eastern Conference finals playoff series.

1. BOSTON 53-29 (Home: 30-11; Road: 23-18) vs.

2. CLEVELAND 51-31 (Home: 31-10; Road: 20-21)

Season series: Cavaliers, 3-1.

NBA playoffs’ top assist percentage (70.4); Cleveland has led the postseason in three-pointers made per game (14.4) and three-point percentage (43.4).

Outlook: A veteran-laden defending NBA champion is daunting enough without nine rest days to refresh. The Cavaliers were immune to rust in recent years and already quelled concerns about a stumbling regular-season close by posting first- and second-round sweeps. They have the postseason’s top offensive rating and had a higher one than any other team did against Boston this season. Cleveland’s LeBron James, in his seventh consecutive conference finals, is averaging 34.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.1 steals in the playoffs with 56% shooting. Boston’s Jae Crowder will be assigned to defend him. James has made 47% of his three-pointers but his passing to a wealth of shooters makes Cleveland’s three-point game lethal. Offensive board-crashing Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love will be a handful for Boston, the postseason’s worst rebounding team. Cleveland will go 18 days between home games with fans ready for Celtics second-round Game 7 hero Kelly Olynyk, who is blamed for Love’s shoulder dislocation in the 2015 playoffs. Boston will need a cape-worthy run from Isaiah Thomas, who averaged 29.5 points against Cleveland this season but will be tested defensively this series.

Prediction: Cavaliers in five.

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Felicia Killebrew talks about how she supports her son Marshon Lattimore and even coached him up at a young age.

Felicia Killebrew talks about how she supports her son Marshon Lattimore and even coached him up at a young age.

DeShone Kizer was taken by the Browns with the 52nd overall pick

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Mindy Kizer talks about dealing with her son’s haters on social media.

Mindy Kizer talks about dealing with her son’s haters on social media.

Mitchell Trubisky was drafted second overall by the Bears

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Jeanne Trubisky talks about her son’s work ethic in reaching the NFL.

Jeanne Trubisky talks about her son’s work ethic in reaching the NFL.

Baggio Husidic discusses life as a refugee

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LA Galaxy player Baggio Husidic talks about his family escaping war-torn Bosnia when he was young.

LA Galaxy player Baggio Husidic talks about his family escaping war-torn Bosnia when he was young.

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