Tuesday’s online NBA betting made one thing abundantly clear: the San Antonio Spurs are not the same team without Kawhi Leonard. In Game 1, the Spurs began to lose immediately following Leonard’s departure from the court due to an ankle injury. And in the following match, the Leonard-less Spurs were no match for the Golden State Warriors, who trampled over San Antonio 136-100. Up two games to none, the Warriors are riding a wave of infectious confidence and who can blame them? After all, Golden State has yet to concede a loss this postseason, but they’re not the only team to accomplish that.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are also riding a winning streak thus far in this year’s postseason. The Cavs have won 8 straight, 4 against the Indiana Pacers and 4 against the Toronto Raptors. But now Cleveland faces an even bigger challenge, the team that dethroned them from atop the Eastern Conference. It’s well known by now that the Cavs finished first in the East during this year’s online NBA betting regular season. Now, players who bet on basketball games online will get to witness which of the two is truly the better team.
Game 1 – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics – Wednesday, May 17th
When: 8:30 pm ET
Where: TD Garden,
Stream: NBA League Pass, TNT Drama
Series: First of Best of 7
Online NBA Betting Odds:
Cleveland Cavaliers -4 (-110) 219 ½ (-110) -185
Boston Celtics +4 (-110) 219 ½ (-110) +160
Despite the fact that the Celtics beat out the Cavs for the top spot in the conference during the regular season, it still makes sense that basketball betting sites would come out in favor of Cleveland. The Cavs are the reigning NBA champions, and their current postseason win streak should not be taken lightly.
Cleveland has now made three straight playoff appearances, two of which culminated in an NBA Finals appearance, one of which they won. The Cavs found their way into the playoffs this season by posting a 51-31 record that landed them the top spot in the Central Division, and the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs faced Boston four times this regular season and Cleveland ended up winning three of those games. Yet another reason to pick Cleveland ahead of Wednesday’s contest.
Boston has also made three straight postseason appearances, although theirs were much less successful. Boston punched their ticket to the postseason this year by posting an eye-raising 53-29 record that landed the Celtics the top spot in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. Boston faces its toughest challenge yet, and not even the odds-makers think they can get it done.