If not for LeBron James Cleveland’s season would have ended long ago. He has carried the Cavaliers on his broad shoulders this spring like never before. But he also exposed that fact that Cleveland is a one man team. What is becoming more apparent is that Boston may also be a one man club. That individual is Brad Stevens. And he is proving to be a difference making head coach. In fact, he may be the ultimate NBA games betting odds asset. Stevens has the Celtics on course for the NBA Finals. Even while his best player is out.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Game 2
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Cavaliers||PK (-110)||203 (-110)|
|Jets||PK (-110)||203 (-110)|
Cavaliers vs. Celtics TV Coverage: ESPN
Series so Far
Boston dominated game one with a 108-83 payout. They bolted out of the gate with a 36-18 lead. King James was not his normal NBA games betting factor.
He was held to just 15 points in the game. Boston guard Jaylen Brown led with 23 points and eight assists. Forward Marcus Morris had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Center Al Horford added 20. The Celtics lead the best of seven series 1-0. Games three and four will be at Cleveland.
Home court has proven to be the ultimate Celtics advantage. Boston has covered all eight playoff games at TD Garden this year. Six out of those eight games on the parquet floor went over the total. Stevens team was written off for dead after Kyrie Irving’s injury. On April 5 it was announced Irving would miss the entire playoff schedule. His knee injury seemed to doom the Celts. But Stevens is proving his merits as a head coach. He is masterminding an improbable run. And emerging as the best coach in the NBA.
For Cleveland everything that is wrong with them was exposed in the first game. Even when they won the NBA title in 2016 it was due to James. He willed and carried the club from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals. Head coach Tyronn Lue is clueless in comparison to Brad Stevens. It’s becoming an embarrassment. But outside of James there is little support except perhaps from Kevin Love. James is averaging 33 points, nine rebounds and nine assists per playoff game. Love is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per tilt.
Boston has been the better value in this online sportsbook series. In their last 14 against Cleveland the Celtics got the money nine times. Boston has covered five of their last eight home games vs. Cleveland. Six of those eight games went under the total.
Team vs. Team
A total of four Celtics are averaging 17 points per game or better. Stevens has simply made the team approach work. Unlike the Cavs, Boston isn’t dependent on a star player. Actually, they are thriving without one.
Matchup to Watch
The matchup advantage of Stevens vs. Lue is key to Boston’s success. The Celtic coach may equal of not surpass James in value. Boston confounds NBA games betting odds success. NBA teams rarely thrive without a star.
Cavaliers vs. Celtics NBA games Betting Odds Picks
Boston has been perfect at home. It would be best to ride their streak.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Boston Celtics
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Celtics 106, Cavaliers 101