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2018 NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals
NBA Series Odds: Cavaliers -300 | Celtics +240
NBA Championship Futures Odds: Cavaliers +500, Celtics +2000
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NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals schedule:
- Game 1: Sunday May 13, @Boston, 3:30PM
- Game 2: Tuesday May 15, @Boston, 8:30PM
- Game 3: Saturday May 19, @Cleveland, 8:30PM
- Game 4: Monday May 21, @Cleveland, 8:30PM
- Game 5: Wednesday May 23, @Boston, 8:30PM
- Game 6: Friday May 25, @Cleveland, 8:30PM
- Game 7: Sunday May 27, @Boston, 8:30PM
The two second round Eastern Conference series ended much more quickly then I expected with the Cavaliers sweeping Toronto and the Celtics winning in five. We now get a rematch of last year’s conference finals with a lot of new faces on both sides.
Of course there is one big constant – LeBron. He has already loomed large in these playoffs and the odds are suggesting he will advance to the Finals once again.
The Cavaliers entered the playoffs looking vulnerable. Seven games against Indiana seemed to confirm that but then they beat Toronto with relative ease. Now they seem poised for another date with Golden State.
Per the introduction the series win over Toronto showed that LeBron James is still at the height of his powers. Both as a scorer and a playmaker he still have no peer. I know there are other great players but nobody controls the game the way he does.
The hardest part of playing LeBron is that he has become so adept at including his teammates and he makes the difficult look easy. Many of the shots against the Raptors are plays that you can’t guard against.
When LeBron is going good he makes it so easy for his teammates to look great. Kevin Love might not be a superstar but what he does well meshes so well with James and the same can be said for the likes of JR Smith and Kyle Korver.
This is a strong veteran group that is getting better and better at playing together. Their core is very experienced.
Boston was probably supposed to beat Boston, but not Philly. Given this is a preview you have to mention that there is still no Kyrie Irving for this series. You can bet it is killing him to be on the sidelines and he could be a difference maker.
In his absence Terry Rozier has really blossomed. Few are as good as pure scorers as Irving but Rozier is really, really good. He is also very aggressive which is key. Toronto got a little too passive at times in their loss to the Cavs.
Boston has a number of guys that they can try and thwart LeBron including Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. What I think gets over looked is how you have to keep him busy on defense too. You can’t let him roam and you have to get him to foul.
Brad Stevens is considered the top coach in the NBA. I am definitely not going to argue with that opinion. This is a chance for him to prove it for the second year in a row. I look forward to seeing is he has nay new wrinkles.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Series Prediction:
Its no surprise that the Cavs are the series favourite, even though they are starting on the road. I think the series price for Boston is just not high enough to roll the dice. That being said their Championship price is inviting given that we are down to the Final Four.
Cleveland is hard to bet against over a 7 game series here even though they might be ripe for a fall in the first game on the road.
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