Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Game 5 Betting Odds and Preview

Betting on NBA Games: Will Celtics Home Court Edge Continue?

May 22, 2018 NBA Basketball

The NBA Eastern Conference Finals have been all about home cooking.  Boston looked unbeatable in their first two games at home. Cleveland looked like a champion in the two games that followed on their home floor.  Now the series returns to TD Garden in Beantown for game five.  Boston has been unbeatable on their famed parquet court.  But Cleveland is a resurgent betting on NBA Games value.  The Celtics have epitomized team basketball.  The Cavs have countered with LeBron James.  The Eastern Conference Finals now come down to best two out of three.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Game 5

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 8:30 p.m. Eastern

Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:

Team Spread Total
Cavaliers PK (-110) 206 (-110)
Celtics PK (-110) 206 (-110)
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Cavaliers vs. Celtics TV Coverage: ESPN

The Series so Far

Cleveland got into the safe side of betting on NBA Games as they covered in game five with a 111-102 win.  The game soared over the total.  King James did what he does best.  He carried his team to victory with 44 points.  Kevin Love chipped in 11 rebounds.  Tristan Thompson added 12 more boards for the Cavs.  Jaylen Brown led Boston with 25 points.  Game six of this series will be in Cleveland.  If game seven is necessary it will be back at Boston.

Team vs. Team Stats

Boston has beaten the sportsbook in all nine of their home playoff games.  Six of those nine games went over the total.  Cleveland has covered just three out of seven away playoff games this spring.  Three of their last five road post season tilts went over.  The Celtics have covered 10 of their last 16 home games against the Cavaliers.  Three of the last four in this series at TD Garden went under.

Important Names on Court

Nobody makes a difference more than LeBron James.  He is the most impactful player in the NBA.  So far in post season he is averaging 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists per game.  Kevin Love comes the closest to adding support.  Love is averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds per playoff game.  Four Celtics are averaging 16 points per playoff tilt or better.  Jayson Tatum leads with 18 per outing.  Veteran Al Horford has posted 16 points and eight rebounds per matchup.

Boston

But for Boston the most valuable man on the team is not a player.  It’s head coach Brad Stevens.  Were it not for him the Celtics would have been finished long ago. When top scorer Kyrie Irving was pronounced out for the playoffs Boston was written off.  But Stevens would have none of it.  He found a way to get past Milwaukee in seven games.  And then Philadelphia in five for an impressive second round.  But Cleveland and James bring a challenge like no other.  They have made the NBA Finals three straight years.

Matchup to Watch

This betting on NBA Games matchup comes down to James vs. Stevens.  Can the Celtic coach devise another winning game plan at home?  Or is James now primed to steal a road game.  Who on Boston can counter his presence?  Perhaps Boston’s magic is running out.  Cleveland has the difference making best player on the court.

Betting on NBA Games: Celtics vs. Cavaliers

Cleveland and James are the pick to end Boston’s home streak.

NBA Betting Online Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Cavaliers 100, Celtics 95

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