Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics Game 1 Pick - Odds and Predictions

May 13, 3:35 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Boston +1.5

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Beantown to take on the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden for Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals. The game is scheduled for a 3:35 PM tip-off and is slotted to be broadcast for national audiences on ABC. Overall, Cleveland has won four of the last five meetings between both parties.

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics Overview

The two teams arrived here on dominant performances in the Conference Semifinals. The Cavaliers dusted the Toronto Raptors in four games while the Celtics eliminated the upstart Philadelphia 76ers in five games. These two teams met last year in the Conference Finals where the Cavaliers would punch out the Celtics in route to their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

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Cleveland at Boston Key Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers come in at 58-36 straight up but have been supremely overvalued as they stand at 36-56-1 against the spread.
  • However, Cleveland has been a cash cow as of late as they are 3-1 ATS in their last four fixtures.
  • Boston has been an economical choice all year long.
  • The Celtics stand at 63-31 SU while also taking ownership of a sparkling 59-33-2 against the spread record.
  • At home, Boston is 34-14 SU while Cleveland is just 24-22 SU away from The Land.

Public Money Consensus

In the early stages, 84% of the public fancy the Cavaliers against the spread and are willing to spot the road points. In the Money Line market, the Cavs are priced at -120 while the Celtics are more affably priced at +105. Initially, this market had opened as a Pick-Em, but action on Cleveland has pushed this market 1.5 points upward to its current junction. Overall, Cleveland has emerged as a 67% consensus selection in this spot. In Over/Under markets, we have seen the market descend by a point to indicate action on the Under. On the contrary, 52% of the public money and 82% of the ticket action is on the Over.

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics Prediction 05/13/2018

The combination of the media machine hyping up the legacy of LeBron James along with Cleveland's sweep of the East's top-seed is bound to create an enormous overreaction in Game One. Very simply, Boston is considered a formality for many in this series, as the Golden State-Cleveland re-match is the heavyweight bout almost all basketball enthusiasts are waiting and hoping for. The fact remains, Boston has not lost a game at home in the post-season, and they have played at a higher level when they are the hosts. In some markets, we saw Boston positioned as a potential favorite until the heavy steam on King James and his merry men flipped the script in this market. The fact remains, we get the Celtics here at a value price and we'll take advantage.

Free Pick: 
Take Boston +105

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