There is certainly some pride to be taking in winning the conference title in the NBA, but the reality of the situation is that it really means nothing if that win isn’t followed up by an NBA championship. Winning the conference is great, and there is something to be said for having home court advantage all the way to the Finals, but you need to make that advantage count. The Boston Celtics have had trouble making it count on home court this season, losing their opening two games there in the first round, before finally taking advantage of it with a Game 7 win over the Washington Wizards in round 2.
The home court advantage has already been lost in the Easter Conference Final, with the Cleveland Cavaliers winning Game 1, and now the Celtics need to find a way to get a win if they want to avoid the ignominy of being swept. The Cavaliers have been unbeatable through the opening two rounds of the playoffs, and a Game 2 win on the road would definitely set them up nicely for another sweep.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Cavaliers At Celtics NBA Game 2 Betting Picks
When: Friday, May 19 at 8:30 PM EST
Where: TD Garden, Boston
TV: TNT, TSN
Radio: 98.5 THE SPORTS HUB, WTAM 1100 / 87.7 FM (ESP)
Live Stream: Watch NBA
NBA Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -5½ (-110)
Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers looked very comfortable on their way to a 117-104 win in Game 1 of this series, yet you still get the sense that they can step it up another notch. LeBron James was once again excellent, chipping in 28 points in the win, and he got some nice support work from Kevin Love. If you had to point out a flaw in their performance, it would need to be the play of Kyrie Irving, who managed just 11 points in the opening game. If the Cavaliers can put up 117 points with just 2 of their 3 best players on their game, what will they do when the top trio are all clicking?
Why bet on the Boston Celtics
The Celtics have done well to make it all the way to the Eastern Conference Final, but I think it’s fair to say that they have not been playing as well as you would expect from a #1 seed. One of their biggest issues has been the ability to put a consistent starting 5 on the floor every single night, and that has led to some of their consistency issues so far. They are not really getting enough out of Isaiah Thomas, simply because teams can focus on shutting him down since no-one else is really stepping up. Jaylen Brown looked good coming off the bench, almost posting a double-double in Game 1, and it would not be a surprise to see the rookie on the court from the start in Game 2.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As good as the Cavaliers have been this postseason, they are due for an off night. I think that desperation kicks in for the Celtics and they find a way to tie up the series.