Cavaliers at Celtics 5/19/17 - NBA Playoff Picks & Predictions
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics
NBA: 8:30 PM EST
May. 19, 2017
Latest Odds : CLE -5.5 Total 220
The Cleveland Cavaliers will look for their tenth straight win to start this postseason when they visit the Boston Celtics on Friday night. In Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals, a rested Cleveland squad raced out to a 22-point halftime lead on their way to a 117-104 road triumph over Boston. The Cavaliers shot almost twice and many free throws as the Celtics and converted on 28-for-35 from the charity stripe.
Cleveland was 11-for-31 from long distance and shot 48 percent overall.
LeBron James continued his postseason tear with a game-high 38 points to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Love contributed 32 points and 12 assists for the Cavaliers.
The top-seeded Boston Celtics got through a grueling seven-game series with Washington and figured to be sharper than Cleveland in Game One. However, the Celtics missed 11 of their 14 shots to start the night and never seriously threatened the Cavaliers. Boston did assist on 33 of their 41 made field goals and outscored Cleveland 17-8 in fast break points.
Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley scored 21 points apiece to lead the Celtics on the night. All-Star G Isaiah Thomas chipped in 17 points and ten assists in a losing effort.
Recent Betting Trends:
Cavaliers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Over is 34-16-1 in Cavaliers last 51 overall.
Over is 12-3-1 in Celtics last 16 home games.
Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Boston.
Free Betting Pick: Boston Celtics +190
Both teams come into Game Two without any significant injury concerns. A good sign for the Celtics in the series opening loss was that they were able to compete on the glass. Look for Boston to bounce back at home and even this series at a game apiece. Final Score Prediction, Boston Celtics win and cover ATS 118-112.