Cleveland at Boston in Thursday Basketball Playoffs Betting

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday has tight basketball playoffs betting odds again as Cleveland visits Boston.

In the two previous games between the two at Boston in this series the basketball betting line was a single point.

Basketball playoffs betting results indicates that the teams have split the two games in Boston so far in this series.  The Cavaliers won Game 3 in a blowout while the Celtics won Game 4 by ten points.  Game 6 is an elimination game so it should be exciting for fans and bettors to watch. The game can be seen on ESPN on Thursday night beginning at approximately 8 pm Eastern.

The Cavaliers were supposed to have already put the Celtics away in this series but Rajon Rondo has had other ideas. He has been the best player in the series and that is saying something considering Cleveland has LeBron James. Who ultimately wins this series could come down to James against Rondo.

The key in Game 6 is likely to be defense. When Boston won they held the Cavaliers in check. When they decided to play no defense they got blown out.  The Celtics held Cleveland to 87 points in their basketball playoffs betting win in Game 4 but they gave up 124 points in the Game 3 loss. Boston has actually won eight of the last ten home games against Cleveland but two of those losses came this year.  Not only did Boston lose 124-95 in Game 3 they also lost 108-88 back in late February.  Three of the last four meetings between the teams in Boston have gone over the total even though both teams are strong defensive clubs.

Boston and Cleveland have been no bargains this season on their home courts. In fact, both teams have been better on the road in basketball betting. The Cavaliers were 22-18-1 during the regular season on the road.  Boston had similar numbers in their road games. The Celtics were 12-18-1 at home this season vs. the point spread.  Even though the Celtics have done quite well at home traditionally against the Cavaliers, this year Boston has struggled more often than not at home. The Celtics have been a team that goes over the total a little more at home than they do on the road so that could happen again in Game 6.

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