Betting Odds That Boston Can Upset Cleveland In Game 1Noah Williams
After sweeping the first two rounds of the 2017 NBA Playoffs, the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Boston Celtics in their Eastern Conference Finals tilt starting tomorrow. Game 1 of the series will tip-off ten days after the Cavs booted the Raptors from the playoffs. Boston needed game seven, which was on Monday, May 15th, to beat the Wizards. The question is, can the playoff weary Celtics take advantage of the Cav’s extended layoff and upset LeBron and co. in Game 1?
Cleveland won the season series 3-1. The last time the two faced off was back in April when the Cavaliers dismantled the Celtics 114-91 in Boston. The Cavs also went 2-1-1 against the spread vs the Celtics.
Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Boston Celtics NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Game 1 Odds
The NBA Eastern Conference finals Game 1 odds favor the Cavaliers by 4-points. Tip-off is this Wednesday, May 17th at 8:30 PM ET on TNT from the TD Garden, in Boston Massachusetts.
What: Cleveland Cavaliers (8-0) at Boston Celtics (8-5)
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Boston, MA
Stadium: TD Garden
Spread: Cavaliers -4
Moneyline: Cleveland -165 vs Boston +155
Game Total: 219.5
Stream: TNT Overtime
Listen: Cleveland vs Boston
Why Bet The Cleveland Cavaliers To Beat The Celtics
The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t played competitively since May 7th after sweeping the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors back-to-back. The Cavs are 8-0 SU are 4-2-2 ATS during the playoffs this season.
The Cavaliers have averaged 114.5 points per game during their current postseason run while allowing 104.9. SF Lebron James (34.3 PPG & 9.0 RPG) has been outstanding in the playoffs. He scored at least 35-points in his last four playoff games. PG Kyrie Irving (23.8 PPG & 2.6 RPG) has averaged almost 24-points per game.
Cleveland has averaged 41.4 rebounds per game and 21.5 assists in the playoffs. They have shot 49.0% from the field in the playoffs and 33.1% from three-point land.
Why Bet The Boston Celtics To Beat The Cavaliers
Boston needed seven games to beat the Washington Wizards. The Celtics won all four games at home in the series, including an 115-105 victory in Game 7 on Monday. PG Isaiah Thomas led the team with 29 points, and C Kelly Olynyk added 26 points off the bench.
“They ain’t (giving) us a chance in this series,” Thomas said Monday. “They ain’t (giving) us a chance when we was down 2-0 to Chicago. We got the No. 1 seed, they didn’t give us a chance. They don’t ever give us a chance and we keep going. We don’t care about what others say.”
The Celtics averaged 107.1 points per game in the postseason while allowing103.4 points per game. Thomas (25.4 PPG & 6.5 APG) is the heart and soul in Boston this season. If Cavs head coach Tyronne Lue doesn’t move Irving off of Thomas in the defensive end, he will score at will. C Al Horford (16.1 PPG & 7.5 RPG) is the second-best scorer on the team.
Boston is averaging 38.3 rebounds per game and 27.3 assists in the playoffs. The Celtics have shot 46.5% from the field and 37.3% from beyond the arc.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games.
- Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Cavaliers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
Expert ATS Pick
This will be Boston’s best chance at beating the Cavs in this series. I am taking the home dog. Bet the Celtics +4.