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(2-1 ) Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (1-2)
Eastern Conference Finals: Game 4
Date: Monday May 21
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavaliers -290, Celtics _240
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 206.5
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I thought it would be a little closer but game three basically played to form. Cleveland was much better at home, especially the players whose last names don’t rhyme with games. What is encouraging is they won big with Kevin Love not a big player.
I dont want to say they were coasting but Boston got hammered in game three.
Oddly, I think they might respond better to a blowout than a close loss. It gives their coach even more to work with
A letdown was only natural after winning the first two games at home Thrown in their loose play in the road in these playoffs and the script was practically written.
Now they have to find a way to get back their edge…or play off the loss on the fact that it is “a make or miss league” and the Cavs made half of their three point shots. I doubt Boston is going to let themselves off that easy.
Their own shooting was terrible but I am not sold that Cleveland has suddenly found an ability to defend. Boston has every reason to believe they can bounce back but if they are not able to push Cleveland into some more misses they just might not have enough offense.
One surprising note from the loss in game three was the performance of Greg Monroe. He has been an afterthought for much of the playoffs but I have always liked his game. He just knows how to score.
Boston needs someone to lead if they are going to avoid the series getting evened up. The question is who. They have candidates but the G3 loss kind of underscored their lack of a star.
Whether they wanted to admit it or not the Cavs had their back against the wall. Sure any game you start with LeBron on your side is a game you can win but if they had gone down 3-0 it might have been the beginning of the end of the Cavaliers as we know them. Now anything is possible.
J.R. Smith did a great job bouncing back from a zero performance into being relevant. I don’t want to overstate things but they need him because when his shot isn’t falling he is useless and actually hurts them big time with his antics. I am not surprised he contributed more at home.
LeBron was not awesome but he was efficient and the Cavs can win with that. Yes I know he has 12 assists but I guess we grade James on a bit of a curve, don’t we? He is the ultimate x factor and at home of he puts up a similar game the Cavs should even up the series.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 road games.
- Under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Under is 5-0 in Cavaliers last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Monday games.
- Under is 5-1 in Cavaliers last 6 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
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Even though the Cavs blew out Boston at home this one has the same opening number. The short of that is that the market is not overcorrecting I suppose.
You have to wonder too if the extra time off was of greater benefit to a Cleveland team that is definitely older than Boston. Now they won’t have that advantage.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers -6.5
The Cavs get the win to even the series and eek out a cover in the process. They will make you sweat.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 108 – Boston 100
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