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(0-1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics (1-0)
Eastern Conference Finals: Game 2
Date: Tuesday May 15
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavaliers -115, Celtics -105
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -1
NBA Betting Total: 203
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It is getting to the point where I feel like this version of the Celtics might be the most underestimated team in the history of the league. Sure that is hyperbole but you get the point. Even after trouncing the Cavs in game one they are still home underdogs.
A loss is a loss. Sure getting blown out has to sting too but the greatest fear of the Cavaliers has to be that LeBron appeared human in the series opener. If he actually is the team may not stand a chance.
After sweeping the Raptors a return date to the Finals seemed inevitable for Cleveland but after getting beat badly in game one we have to pause on their Eastern Coronation.
LeBron James is obviously the engine that drives the Cavs. The funny thing about game one is that he was not that far off from a triple-double but the Cavaliers still got skunked. His 15 points were his lowest of the playoffs.
The adage that the NBA is a make or miss league held true in the game one with the Cavaliers missing almost all of their three point shots. They were an abysmal 4 for 26 from deep and no player made more than one.
After a game like that there are a lot of places to point fingers. Essentially the whole team has to play better, perhaps with the exception of Tristan Thompson who did his usual rebounding and put back thing. Nothing fancy.
The game also saw Rodney Hood see some game action. He had been personal non grata for a while and likely would have been again if the game was a “game”. Still on a night when the shots weren’t falling he made as many baskets as LeBron.
The Celtics are fascinating. When they win, and they have been winning a lot lately, it seems like it is always a little different than the time before. In game one the big thing was the role of Marcus Morris who not only guarded James but also scored 21 points.
Given the outcome, the move to move Marcus Smart out of the starting lineup was a stroke of brilliance by Brad Stevens. Smart still played a good chunk of minutes and was a plus 16 for the game. I almost think they might put him back in there just to give the Cavs something more to think about.
Similar to their last series it seems like the actual game results are having little bearing on the perception of these two teams. Boston is once again a small underdog at home and this time with a win under their belt (which I called). I also think it might be their only one (though I wasn’t calling for a blowout in G1).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 games following a ATS loss.
- Over is 5-1 in Cavaliers last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Over is 4-1 in Cavaliers last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 10-1 in Celtics last 11 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Celtics are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 home games.
- Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
It is kind of hard to imagine the Cavaliers getting down 2-0 but most of us did not see the G1 blowout either. Is this the beginning of the end for LeBron.
Perhaps but I like him too much in this bounce back spot and it is not like to have pay a big premium at the current number.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers -1
The Cavs are likely to remain the favourite as we approach tipoff. The sooner you bet this one the better I think.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 107 – Celtics 97
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