The Eastern Conference Finals’ Game 5 matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be held this Thursday. After enjoying a 1-day rest, both teams will be ready to duke it out at the TD Garden this evening. As would be expected, the online sports betting odds have painted LeBron James and company as the heavy favorites. Those who bet on NBA playoff series saw Cleveland’s undefeated postseason streak get snapped by the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of this series. However, most bettors should anticipate Cleveland to wrap things up in Game 5.
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The Celtics will enjoy home-field advantage in Game 5, but that doesn’t worry Cleveland since the Cavs have already beaten the Celtics in Boston. Additionally, most basketball betting sites have not let the home-field advantage, as the odds are all over Cleveland. Take a look.
Game 5 – Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – Thursday, May 25th
When: 8:30 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Series: Cavs Lead 3-1
Stream: NBA on TNT
Online Sports Betting Odds
Boston Celtics +10 (-110) 216½ (-110) +425
Cleveland Cavaliers -10 (-110) 216½ (-110) -550
NBA Sportsbooks are siding heavily with the Cavaliers and there’s a good reason for it. In fact, there are five. Here are the top 5 reasons why the Cleveland Cavaliers will walk away with Game 5.
No. 5 – Cavs Have Planted TD Garden
Sure, the Celtics have home-field advantage for Game 5, but the Cavaliers have already planted themselves firmly in the TD Garden. The first two games of the Eastern Conference Final were held in Boston, and the Cavaliers managed to pick up both those wins without breaking a sweat.
No. 4 – Boston’s At-Home Playoff Record
On top of that, Boston has been far from perfect at home thus far into this year’s postseason. They had a good run against the Washington Wizards at home, going undefeated. But against the Chicago Bulls in the opening series, the Celts dropped two at home, proving that the TD Garden doesn’t always have the Celtics online sports betting back.
No. 3 – Minutes Racking Up
Both teams got to enjoy a one-day rest before tying up the laces again, but that might not be enough. In Game 3, three of Boston’s starters played over 40 minutes. And in Game 4, two played over 40 minutes and one played 39. With those figures in mind, it’s clear that there will be a lot of pressure on the bench to make up for the starter’s slack.
No. 2 – Isaiah Thomas
Unfortunately, even though the Celtics have been tiring out their starters, they are still competing without their best one. Isaiah Thomas suffered an injury that will keep him out of the postseason, and Boston is hurting in his absence. Boston’s starters have been very inconsistent and not a single one managed to break 20 points in Game 4.
No. 1 – LeBron James
LeBron James goes off in the playoffs every year. The King lives to shine in the postseason. James has been rather quiet (by his standards) these last couple of games, so online sports betting fans can expect the veteran to come out in a big way in Game 5.