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(1-0) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics (0-1)
Eastern Conference Round 3: Game 2
Date: Friday May 19
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavaliers -250, Celtics +195
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 220
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Game 1 played out kind of as expected. Cleveland jumped all over Boston early and sustained a pretty good working margin for most of the game. So far this series is not looking any different than any other they have been in this season.
Boston has to be reeling a little bit. Their home court advantage is gone and they need a new approach quick or else the series will get away from them.
I suppose you have to start with LeBron. Once again he was awesome leading the team in scoring while kicking in 9 board and 7 assists. He also led the team in daggers, stifling the hopes of the Celtics both in the paint and from deep. What else can the guy do.
I though that Kevin Love could be an x-factor and he was super in G1 with 32 and 12. When LeBron is dominating he becomes even more of a weapon with ability to make three pointers. He was 6 for 9 and needs to keep shooting it. You always know what you are going to get from him early on.
It seems like the Celtics were happy to let Tristan Thompson try and beat them and it backfired. He made all 7 of his shots from the field and if he is going to continue to make 60% from the line hacking him is not going to be a very productive strategy.
Kyrie Irving did not have a great game, continuing what has been a mediocre playoffs overall. He certainly can explode but there has been no need for him to force the matter with LeBron playing so well. At some point you have to think they will need more from him though.
The Cleveland bench can be a monster but they did not produce much in G1. Not a single bench player made more than one shot from the field. The backup backcourt of Shumpert, Williams and Korver was 2 for 17 from the field. It might come back to haunt them.
Not only did the Celtics lose G1 but it is hard to find any real positives from the game. Their two best players were not all that effective and you can bet Brad Steven might be tweaking the mixture a little bit for what will be a very desperate team in G2.
The changes will likely include more time for Gerald Green and Marcus Smart. Green helps with the shooting and Smart with the defense on LeBron. I wonder if they might go with a lineup where they are really small and play Green at PF. They have to find some ways to bridge the three pointer gap.
Kelly Olynyk might have been a hero in G7 against Washington but none of that carried over to this series. He might not have much of a role as the Celtics have to play smaller and and more athletic players like Jaylen Brown show their worth.
Boston has to find some way to slow down LeBron but people have been trying for more than a decade without any real success. Absent that they have to be much better on offense.
Most notably from beyond the arc at at the free throw line. If they don’t win one of those spots they are toast again.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 7-1 in Celtics last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- Over is 6-1 in Celtics last 7 Conference Finals games.
- Over is 5-1-1 in Celtics last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Free Game 2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
The Cavs are on some kind of role in these playoffs. It is hard to believe that they only nudged their road record over .500 with their playoff wins to date given how good they have looked.
The results frmo G1 have not moved the line a ton. It closed at Cavs -4.5 so just a point a on the result.
4* Free NBA Game 2 Betting Pick: Cavaliers -5.5
At some point the Cavs are going to lose but the way they are blowing teams out it is hard not to like these medium odds. We are not seeing the huge numbers like in the West.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 111 – Boston 101
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