NBA tip-off: The best bets as the Cavaliers take on the Celtics
We make our picks for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, and the series as a whole...
Fresh from a nine-day break since their last game, the Cavaliers should get off to a winning start against the Celtics on Wednesday night.
Cleveland won three of the four meetings between these teams during the regular season, including their final one in Boston on 6 April.
They have also won all eight of their playoff games so far, with an average winning margin of 9.6 points.
Having just come through a gruelling series against the Wizards, fatigue could be a real issue for Boston here.
They have played in three fiercely competitive games since the Cavaliers were last on the court.
Backing Cleveland to win at is a good bet, as is picking them to win the game and the entire series at .
And while the Celtics won all of their home games in the second round, it’s hard to see them keeping this one close.
The Cavaliers beat them by six, six and 23 points in their three regular-season victories, so bet on the handicap line of Cleveland -4 at .
Given just how unstoppable LeBron James and the Cavs have been during the postseason, there looks to be plenty of value to be found in betting on this series as a whole.
Boston’s home advantage should count for something. They’ve been excellent on their own court all season, and will surely win at least one game.
In truth, though, it’s hard to see how they can take these Eastern Conference finals to a seventh game.
Cleveland have much more experience and the best player in the series, so backing them to win 4-1 ( ) or 4-2 ( ) is the right move.