With most teams facing less than 25 games for the remainder of the season, sportsbook players are starting to get a pretty good idea of what this year’s online NBA betting playoffs will look like. However, 25 games still leaves plenty of time for some teams to move around and shake things up. That includes the eager Boston Celtics, who are just 4 games shy of tying with the reigning NBA champions atop the Eastern Conference. And, almost as if it was preordained, the Celtics will face off against the Cavaliers later on this evening.
Wednesday night, Boston will be playing host to LeBron and company at the TD Garden. The Cavaliers have only suffered 17 losses this season, but 11 of those have been on the road. That, coupled with the fact that the Celts have a pretty spectacular 20-9 home record, will lead most basketball betting sites to throw together some interesting odds for Wednesday’s matchup. Nevertheless, Cleveland has come out on top the first two times these two faced each other this season, so the bookies will likely refrain from favoring the Celts in their third contest against the Cavs.
ONLINE NBA BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Wednesday, March 1st
Cleveland Cavaliers -1 (-110) 222 (-110) -118
Boston Celtics +1 (-110) 222 (-110) -102
Interestingly enough, the sportsbook odds have painted Cleveland as the favorites by the slightest of margins. The Cavs have found a decent amount of success this season and were able to overcome struggles in January to maintain their lead atop the conference. Cleveland slides into this matchup with a 41-17 record that includes a subpar 15-11 road record. Furthermore, the Cavs have won 5 out of their last 6 contests and will be looking to remain undefeated against Boston for the season.
To help accomplish this online NBA betting feat the Cavs will turn to their 4-time MVP. James is currently lighting up the scoreboard with his average of 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game. Second in points for the Cavs is Kyrie Irving who is averaging 24.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, as well as 6.0 assists per game.
Boston hasn’t been enjoying the same type of success Cleveland has as of late, considering that the Celtics have conceded 3 losses in their last 4 contests. Boston will be looking to rebound later on this evening and improve upon their 38-22 record on the season. Despite their recent struggles, the Celtics have been able to hang onto the lead in the Atlantic Division over the Toronto Raptors. The Celtics have qualified for the postseason the last two seasons consecutively only to be eliminated in the first round. Boston will be looking for a better run this time around.
The sportsbook underdogs will turn to their leading point-scorer Isaiah Thomas this Wednesday night. Thomas is currently leading the team with his average of 29.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. Second on the team with points is Avery Bradley. Bradley is currently putting up an average of 17.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.