The NBA playoffs are down to the final four, and it’s a little disappointing to say that we haven’t seen any surprises. The Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and San Antonio Spurs are once again where they always seem to be, while the Boston Celtics have somewhat lived up to the hype of being the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference. It is beginning to look as though we are going to see the same NBA Final match-up for the third straight season, especially when you consider that the Cavaliers and Warriors have yet to drop a single game this postseason.
The Boston Celtics are going to have something to say about that, though, and they do have the benefit of home court advantage in the conference final. It was certainly a surprise that they were able to beat out the Cavaliers to win the Eastern Conference, but as we all know by now, this Cleveland team is a whole lot different in the postseason than they are in the regular season. Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference final will be in Boston on Wednesday night.
Analyzing The Cleveland Cavaliers At Boston Celtics NBA Betting Picks For Game 1
When: Wednesday, May 17 at 8:30 PM EST|
Where: TD Garden. Boston
TV: TNT, SPORTSNET ONE
Radio: 98.5 THE SPORTS HUB, WTAM 1100 / 100.7 WMMS / 87.7 FM (ESP)
Live Stream: Watch NBA
NBA Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -4 (-110)
Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Celtics may have won the battle to win the Eastern Conference, but they have not won a regular season series versus the Cavaliers since the return of LeBron James. Much was made about the performance of the Cavaliers during the regular season, but this was very much a similar story to what we heard last season, and we all know how that ended. Cleveland has not had to expend much energy during the opening two rounds of the playoffs, but they are probably going to need to work a little harder in this one. The Cavaliers split the regular season series in Boston, and would probably be happy with the same outcome from the opening two games of this series.
Why bet on the Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics have not made things easy on themselves through the opening two rounds. They lost the first two games of their opening round series versus the Chicago Bulls before winning in 6, and then had to play a tense 7-game series versus the Washington Wizards in the last round. The good news here is that they have now won 5 straight playoff games in their own building, which should be a nice boost for them when going against a Cavaliers team that routinely struggled on the road in the regular season. The task here for the Celtics is simple, which is to hold serve at home in this series.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Given that the Celtics are coming off a big Game 7 win, there is a possibility of a bit of a letdown in the opening game of this series. The Cavs are healthy and fresh, and that should propel them to a Game 1 win.