Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics
Date and Time: Friday, May 19, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: TD Garden
NBA Odds: Cleveland -5.5, O/U 219.5
Cavaliers vs. Celtics TV Coverage: TNT
The Celtics were never in Game 1 of this series as they were dominated from the start. They missed layups, open 3-pointers and did nothing to slow down LeBron.
“I mean, we got the shots we wanted on the offensive end almost all of the first half.” Isaiah Thomas said. “We just couldn’t capitalize, and I think that was a big reason why our defense was let down as well. It’s tough to continue to keep playing hard, even though we need to, when you don’t see shots fall. And we can’t let that happen again, but I think that was a big reason why we had a letdown in that first half.” Cleveland led 61-39 at the half and the game was over.
A huge problem for Boston was that they couldn’t stop LeBron. He scored at will throughout the game. “He made it clear — it was very clear — that he was trying to get to the rim on us no matter who was on him,” Boston head coach Brad Stevens said.
The road team is 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in this series. The Cavaliers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Conference Finals games. The Celtics are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Over is 4-1 in the Cavaliers last 5 vs. the Atlantic. The Over is 5-2 in the Cavaliers last 7 road games. The Over is 34-16-1 in the Cavaliers last 51 overall. The Over is 6-1 in the Celtics last 7 Conference Finals games.
Cavaliers vs. Celtics Free Picks
If the Celtics don’t win Game 3 then they are almost assuredly going to get swept, as very few people think they can go into Cleveland and get a win. The Cavaliers did whatever they wanted in Game 1 and it might be more of the same in Game 2 but the Celtics should at least hit more shots. Even with Boston struggling on offense, Game 1 still went over the total. I think Game 2 could be even higher scoring, so I will go over the total.
Cavaliers vs. Celtics ATS Pick: Go over the total at BetDSI
Cavaliers vs. Celtics Score Prediction: Cavaliers 120, Celtics 115