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Eastern Conference Round 31: Game 1
Date: Wednesday May 17
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachussets
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavs -3.5
NBA Betting Odds: Cavs -169, Celtics +150
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
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No rest for the Celtics as they look to break the Cavs stranglehold on the Eastern Conference. They will have to be ready for this early opportunity to maintain that home court advantage they build during the regular season. Great anticipation.
Cleveland has to be licking their chops as they are well rested and ready to go. LeBron is the key and the extra rest helps him. I am curious to see how Boston goes about guarding him.
It has to be comforting for the Cavs knowing that they just have to play their game. They beat you with three and from the free throw line and that pressure often makes their opponents crack.
It is the new way to play and when you have the best player on the planet it works really well.
He never really gets his due but Tristan Thompson is an important part of the formula. His offensive rebounds lead to a lot of those threes and he will be asked to defense Al Horford, Boston’s most versatile player.
That matchup could be huge in determining the series.
I wonder if it will be a strategy to get Kyrie Irving going early. He was not much of a factor in the last round and they might want to try and burn out what has to be an already pretty exhausted Isaiah Thomas.
Irving is always sharpest in the first quarter it seems.
The same could be true of Kevin Love. Despite the capabilities of both these players they tend to be not all that relevant late in games when LeBron dominates. Love should have favorable matchups in this series though so lets see how this plays out.
It makes a lot of sense for Cleveland to to be the favorite in G1. Until they lose a game how could it be anything other.
Boston has definitely been challenged over the first two rounds. I would dare say that their wins have shown their resilience and their depth but not that they are the best team in the East like their regular season record indicates. If they are they will prove it in this series. Not many are expecting them too though.
It will be interesting to see how Cleveland plays Thomas. I could see them letting him score and daring the others to beat them. Washington did a bit of that and it was role players like Kelly Olynyk that might have been the difference.
The strategy is sound, Boston has to make sure they keep touch with the Cavs throughout the game.
Nobody is talking about him but Al Horford has been a monster in the playoffs. Sometimes it seems like he is the only one who knows what a good shot looks like.
He is shooting almost 70% from the field and 58% from three – while leading the team in rebounding and second in assists. They probably need more from him now though.
Marcus Smart is a defensive pest. I think the Celtics will discover that he might be their best defender on LeBron so he might be on the court even more than he has been over the first two rounds.
If he has a strong offensive game that could lead to an upset.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Under is 4-0-1 in Celtics last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Free Game 1 Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
The Cavs as a less than two possession favorite is very tempting. If you want that number you are going to have to likely jump on it now.
I think the Celtics will probably get a game in the series but the opener does not look like a good situation or number for the home team.
4* Free NBA Game 1 Betting Pick: Cavaliers -3.5
There is a lot to like about this number but it wouldn’t surprise me if it is more like 5 or 6 by tip off.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 108 – Boston 99
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