NBA Playoffs Vegas Online Sports Betting & Predictions Wednesday May 23rd, 2018
Cleveland Returns to Boston With the Series all Tied up
Five days ago when the Cleveland Cavaliers were returning home to face the Boston Celtics many pundits were ready to stick a fork in them. The Celtics had impressed mightily in winning the first two games of the series and it seemed clear that the supporting cast around LeBron James was not able to compete at the same level as Boston’s all-around team.
Two big wins for Cleveland later and my oh my how the story has changed. Now all the pressure is on Boston to respond with a much-needed home win or risk having their season end by Friday’s return to Cleveland.
In game three, the Cavaliers would not be denied, getting off to a dynamite start, outscoring Boston 32-17 and simply building from there in a 30-point win, 116-86.
James was great with 27 points and 12 assists, but it was a total team effort as five more players scored in double digits.
Game four got off to a similar start for Cleveland as they outscored Boston 34-18 in the first quarter and that became too much of a mountain for Boston to climb out of.
James was the catalyst once more, raising his game and scoring 44 points to lead the way. And a big reason why he was able to do that is because his teammates were able to come together on the defensive end. And that allowed him to conserve some energy to take over the offensive side of the game.
If Boston is to take any moral victories from the game it’s that once the second quarter came, they seemed to rediscover their offensive rhythm and each of the starters finished in double digits. Jaylen Brown led the way with 25 points.
Defensively they also held Cleveland to 43 second half points and they were able to make it a seven-point game in the fourth quarter before the Cavaliers re-upped their lead.
Cleveland is -1 favorites and the over/under is 206 points. Boston has been phenomenal at home, a perfect 9-0 thus far. You can bet they plan on feeding off their home crowd to get the early jump they’ll need. That plus the adjustments that coach Brad Stevens will make should help them earn a win. The Pick: Celtics 107-103.