Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32) vs Boston Celtics (55-27)Date : 05/13/2018
Time : 3:30 PM ET
Location : TD Garden
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics
The Eastern Conference Finals is finally here as the Boston Celtics will welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers to TD Garden for game 1, the C’s have yet to lose at home this postseason as the Cavs will try to put an end to a perfect homestand.
Cleveland Cavaliers's Latest Performance :
The Cavs are back yet again in another ECF but this time they have a completely different roster compared to last years team but one thing remains the same The King is still in the building. For the first time this season the Cavs will not have home court advantage over the Celtics. These two teams are very familiar with one another. The Cavs were able to beat the Celtics 2-1 in the regular season. In all the 3 games Kyrie Irving played but this time around the Cavs will have to face a rejuvenated Boston Celtics.
In the last 2 series, the Cavs offense has been really predictable give the ball to James and let him operate. If it ain’t broken don’t fix it, the thing is with this type of offense you can’t expect LeBron to do everything because he himself will get fatigue and will start to miss shots as well, this is where the other players come in to help LeBron with the scoring. The likes of Kevin Love, JR Smith, and Kyle Korver have to play well. I predict LeBron will attack the Celtics early causing them to send a double which would allow James to kick the ball out to his shooters.
In Cavs did struggle when they were playing the Pacers in the first round giving up early leads but were still able to come back to secure the win, but playing the Celtics if they have a chance to have an early lead over the Cavs they are unlikely to give it up. This is where having a great coach in Brad Stevens will give Boston the advantage over the Cavs.
Players to Watch: Kevin Love, LeBron is bound to have a great series no doubt about that but he can’t do it all to beat the Celtics he will need Kevin Love to have a solid performance, LeBron will find him and all he needs to do is have the confidence to knock down his shot. If he and Bron have a good game the Cavs are very hard to beat.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
No one predicted the Boston Celtics to come this far and here they are playing in their 2nd straight Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavs. The Celtics have yet to lose a game at home in the playoffs they are 7-0. The Celtics team have fought through adversity all season long it all started with Gordon Hayward gruesome injury then they lost Kyrie. Without their two best players they were still able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. This Boston Celtics team plays with effort every time down the floor.
Brad Stevens who was snubbed from the coach of the year award has developed a strong young core that we might be seeing over the next 5 plus season, this core consists of Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown. The system that Brad has developed for these young guys is unbelievable. Brad’s system allows everybody on the team to move the ball and keep the offense fluid that is why there is a different leading scorer after every game. The Celtics are unpredictable on offense and this might cause problems to the Cavs defense because you will never know who will have the hot hand.
The question everyone will be asking is who is going to guard LeBron James, my prediction would be Marcus Morris, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown collectively. No one is going to stop LeBron that’s a fact but the Celtics will need someone who can wear him down as the game goes on.
Jayson Tatum is averaging 18.8 ppg coming into the ECF. He has scored 20 points or more in every contest since Game 5 of the Celtics’ first-round series against the Bucks. He doesn’t play like a 20-year-old at all he is composed and allow the game to come to him.
Terry Rozier is the definition of clutch many people have written him off including me but he keeps showing up hitting big shot after another, he lives for these moments. He is average 20.5 in his last 2 games.
Player to Watch: Jayson Tatum, he will not shy away from the big moments in game one and his performance in this game might surprise a lot of the fans.
How Cleveland Cavaliers & Boston Celtics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Against The Spread Selection: Boston Celtics
My reason for the pick :
The Boston Celtics will shock the world in game 1 as they will protect home court over the Cavs and prolong their impressive playoff home record to 8-0. The Celtics will come out with different offensive sets conducted by Brad Steven giving them the early lead as for the Cavs LeBron will do everything he can but then he will soon realize that it is a different series and he can’t win by himself.
Celtics to take game 1 at home over the Cavs.
Betting trends for Cleveland Cavaliers:
- Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- Celtics are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.