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(2-0) Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (0-2)
Eastern Conference Finals: Game 3
Date: Wednesday May 19
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavaliers -280, Celtics +240
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 205
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Once again the Cavaliers are under serious scrutiny. During the regular season it was at a certain level but here in the playoffs it has grown exponentially. They are down 0-2 and it kind of looks like the mighty LeBron is powerless to stop the fall.
The Boston wins were surprising in that once they found their stride Cleveland had no answer. This is a super tough team that even if they lose didn’t back down.
Boston is up 2-0 and has to be feeling great. They have not been good on the road in the playoffs though and you can bet Cleveland is going to hit them with a punch in this one,
Boston has been getting great play from it role players because in the grand scheme of things it has no stars, not while Kyrie Irving is on the shelf. I love Jayson Tatum and Jaylon Brown but those guys aren’t stars…yet.
Al Horford gets a lot of pub but he is no star either. He had a big game with a double-double in G2 but he is valuable because of his ability to do a lot of things really well. It helps that Cleveland does not have any dominant post players.
All five starters scored in double figures in the win and Marcus Smart scored 11 off the bench to give them a sixth. Not surprisingly Smart led the team with a +21. I love his ability to change the game with his intensity.
This is a natural letdown spot on the road and up in the series. Boston is playing great but they have fallen in similar spots like these in this year’s playoffs.
The Cavs came into this series with a high level of confidence but after back to back losses that has to be cracking a little bit. The Kings has been awesome but those around him have failed to come close to living up to their end of the bargain and the frustration is showing too.
JR Smith is kind of like the barometer for this team. When he is going good they look like they can compete with anyone. However, he is not and have never been an elite player. After 0 points in G2 he has just four in the series. You can’t win with a starter putting up those kinds of numbers unless someone else explodes.
Kevin Love showed up more in G2 and I expect he will be that much more comfortable in this game too. Unless the shooters (Smith and Kyle Korver) are on they may need him to get to the 30 point range in support of LBJ.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 games following a ATS win.
- Cavaliers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Under is 6-0 in Cavaliers last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Boston has been the least respected team in these playoffs. That makes you want to stick with them but I think.
Cleveland has to respond right. They can win this one going away even if they don’t take the series.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers -6.5
This number seems pretty solid, I don’t see if moving a lot one way or the other. You can wait and see without losing value.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 107 – Celtics 95
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