As expected, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the first two games of their opening round series versus the Boston Celtics, and will be looking to wrap things up in Boston. Despite those wins, the first two games have been more competitive than the final scores may suggest. In both games, the Celtics have had leads, only to see them wiped out in the fourth quarter with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving doing the majority of the damage. Can Boston win Game 3 in this series? This online betting analysis says yes.
Boston vs Cleveland: Game Preview and Online Betting Analysis
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Venue: TD Garden
Opening Line: Cleveland -4
That is something they were able to do in the second game, winning the offensive rebounding battle 13-12 after being pretty much dominated in that regard in Game 1. The same cannot be said on the defensive side of the ball, though, as Cleveland still hold a pretty decent lead in total rebounding over the two games. Both games have had a bit of a rollercoaster feel to them, with the Celtics starting fast, only to be overhauled by the Cavs, who then hold on as Boston charges late.
What that shows is that the Celtics are not a team about to roll over and play dead, and you can bet that they will get an additional boost by playing in front of their home crowd. Boston has yet to put together a complete game over the first two outings, and that is exactly what they are going to have to do if they hope to get back into this one.
Key Online Betting Trends
Boston is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games
Boston is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games at home
Boston is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games at home
Cleveland is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Cleveland is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 9 games on the road
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
While there are plenty of people who believe that this series in done and dusted, the Celtics have shown enough in the first 2 games to indicate that they are not going to simply let Cleveland have an easy entry into the second round. If they can get off to a fast start in Game 3, they can use the excitement of the home court crowd to avoid the lull that they have experienced in the first two games. The Cavs will eventually win the series, but I think Boston nabs Game 3.