Celtics at Cavaliers 5/19/18 - NBA Picks & Predictions

Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics
Date & Time: 5/20/2018, 12:30 AM UTC
Latest Odds: CLE -6.5 Total 205
TV Channel: ESPN

The Eastern Conference Finals will shift to Quicken Loans Arena for Game Three between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. The second-seeded Celtics were not expected to make a deep run this postseason, but stand two games away from reaching the NBA Finals. On Tuesday, Boston outscored Cleveland by 20 points during the second half of a 107-94 home victory. The Celtics only turned the ball over six times and assisted on 24 of their 40 made field goals.

All five Boston starters scored in double figures and were led by Jaylen Brown with 23 points. All-Star F/C Al Horford contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won 29 of their 41 home games during the regular season and will have to find their rhythm to match the quality of play that Boston has brought to this series. In Game Two, the Cavaliers scored 55 points in the first half and built a seven-point halftime advantage. The Cavaliers connected on 10-for-31 from long range and turned the ball over 15 times on the night.

LeBron James scored 21 of his game high 42 points in the first quarter to go along with 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love added 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Odds Table

Betting Trends

Celtics are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Over is 10-2 in Celtics last 12 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Under is 9-3 in Cavaliers last 12 home games.
Celtics are 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland.

Free NBA Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers -6.5

Boston G Shane Larkin (shoulder) has missed the first two games of this series and is questionable for this matchup. The Celtics have been better than the Cavaliers in almost every statistical category so far this postseason. Boston only has one win on the road during the playoffs and they will not be getting their next road win in Game Three. Final Score Prediction, Cleveland Cavaliers win and cover ATS 108-97.


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