Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers Game 4 Pick - Betting Odds - ATS Predictions

Date: 
May 21, 8:30 PM EDT
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Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Cleveland -6.5
Total: 
206.5

Game 4 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers is set for Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Boston still holds the 2-1 series edge heading into this 8:30 p.m. tip on ESPN.

Boston at Cleveland Game Overview

Boston has been perfect on its home court during the playoffs with a 9-0 record both straight-up and against the spread, but winning games on the road has been a much tougher challenge. The Celtics lost three road games to Milwaukee SU (1-2 ATS) in the opening round, and they split a pair of road games against Philadelphia in the conference semifinals. Saturday's 116-86 loss to Cleveland on the road in Game 3 as 6.5-point underdogs dropped them to 1-5 SU (2-4 ATS) in six postseason road games. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the six games.

After winning the first two games of this series by a combined 38 points, Boston found itself down by 15 points at the end of the first quarter in Saturday’s loss. The deficit grew to 20 points by halftime on the way to the 30-point setback. The lone bright spot for the Celtics was the play of Jayson Tatum with 18 points while going 6-for-10 from the floor. Boston shot just 39.2 percent from the field in that lopsided, and they only converted six of its 22 shots from three-point range into points. This was just the third time in their last 12 games that the Celtics gave up more than 110 points.

 

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Cleveland is back in this series with an excellent chance to tie things up on Monday night. It lost its first playoff game at home to Indiana in the first of seven games between the two bitter division rivals. Since that 95-80 loss as 7.5-point favorites, the Cavaliers are a perfect 6-0 on their home court. They are 2-5 ATS in seven playoff games at home, and the total has stayed UNDER in five of those seven games.

All five Cleveland starters ended Game 3 in double figures led by LeBron James' game-high 27 points. He added 12 assists and five rebounds to the winning cause. Kevin Love also posted a double-double with 13 points, and 14 rebounds and Kyle Korver added 14 points off the bench. With a substantial contribution from a number of role players on Saturday night, the Cavaliers got their first win of this series on the strength of 17 three-point buckets on 34 attempts. They also outrebounded Boston 45-34.

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Boston at Cleveland Betting Trends

  • The Celtics have gone 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games following a straight up loss and they have a 24-9-1 record ATS in their previous 34 games coming off a loss ATS. The total has gone OVER in six of their last seven games following a loss SU.
  • The Cavaliers are a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four games played on a Monday, but they fall to 16-35-1 ATS in their previous 52 games played at home. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games in the conference finals.
  • Head-to-head in this matchup, Boston has gone 4-1-1 ATS in its last six road games against Cleveland, and the total has stayed UNDER in five of the previous six games between the two.

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Boston at Cleveland Prediction 05/21/2018

Each team has used its home court to its fullest advantage in the first three games of this series, and I am banking on that trend continuing on Monday night. Boston is a different team in these playoffs when it's playing on the road and James is not about to let his team fall into a deep hole in this series. I have Cleveland evening things up at two games apiece with another win SU win at home, but I am betting that Boston finds a way to keep things closer than the current 6.5-point spread.

Free Pick: 
Take Boston +6.5
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