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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Predictions, Picks, Odds, and Betting Preview – NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 – May 23, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Predictions, Picks, Odds, and Betting Preview – NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 – May 23, 2018

The Boston Celtics fly home limping after a 111-102 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday. With the series tied, will the Celtics get the lead back again? Or will the Cavs take a 3-2 series advantage? The sportsbook predicts a real nail-biter, giving last year’s Eastern Conference champs just a 1-point advantage over the home team. The OVER/UNDER is currently set at 206-points.

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Betting Preview for the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 on May 15, 2018

Where: TD Garden, Boston

When: Thursday, May 23, 8:30PM EST

Line: Cleveland Cavaliers (point spread) vs Boston Celtics (point spread) – view all NBA lines

TV Broadcast: ESPN network

Betting on the Cleveland Cavaliers (-1)

Just like in Game 3, LeBron James did not need to post a triple-double to beat the Celtics, but what he put up on Monday was monstrous nonetheless. James had 44 points on 17-for-28 shooting from the field to go with five rebounds and three assists in 42 minutes on the floor. While the Cavs only hit eight 3-pointers (they had 17 in Game 3), they outscored Boston in the paint, 50-38. James is overpowering his defenders with ease, and despite some measure of success of Marcus Morris in containing the Cavs’ superstar, it’s safe to assume that James is going to have his numbers no matter what kind of resistance Boston has for him moving forward. James is averaging 32.0 points on 54.1 percent shooting from the field.

The Cavs are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 road games.

Betting on the Boston Celtics (+1)

Suddenly, the Celtics are looking like how the Cavs did in the first two games of the series: lackadaisical and uncertain. A game at home could just be what the doctor ordered for the team, though, as the Celtics have been unbeaten at TD Garden in their last 10 games there going back to the regular season. The Celtics have struggled to shoot the ball in the last two games, as they have shot just 40.3 percent from the floor. That said, they could recover their touch on Wednesday, as the C’s are making 47.1 percent of their field goal attempts at home in the playoffs. Boston should also continue taking advantage of Cleveland’s turnovers. The Cavs had 19 errors in Game 4, which Boston converted into 19 points, and Lebron James is going to be tired (after just playing 42-minutes) going into this matchup.

Writer’s Prediction

Cleveland wins, 112-108.

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Richmond
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