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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics: Eastern Conference Finals Take Off

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Betting Preview - Eastern Conference Finals

The Eastern Conference Championship series takes off this Sunday in Game 1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics pairing. Both teams are coming off masterful online basketball betting performances, albeit the Cavs was much more impressive. With this game taking place in Boston, what kind of matchup will Sunday’s teaser sports betting odds predict?

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics – Sunday, May 13th  

Series: Game 1

When: 2:30 pm ET

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts


Stream: ABC Sports, NBA League Pass

Online Basketball Betting Odds:

Cavaliers -1½ (-110) 204 (-110) -123
Celtics +1½ (-110) 204 (-110) +103
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Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers opened as slight favorites over Boston. However, since then, online basketball betting players have moved the line quite a bit. This would suggest that most bettors feel confident Cleveland can take Game 1, despite being on the road. So far during this year’s NBA playoffs, the Cavs have posted a 3-2 record on the road. Moreover, the Cavaliers went undefeated against the Raptors on the road, which was quite impressive. No question LeBron James was the catalyst behind Cleveland’s

Players to Watch: LeBron James (34.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 9.0 apg), Kevin Love (14.7 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Kyle Korver (10.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Boston Celtics

The Celtics are undoubtedly the underdog in this matchup. While that’s understandable, it’s a shame that we didn’t get to see Kyrie Irving taking on his former team in one of the most dramatic postseason confrontations to date. In the end we’ll have to settle for this pairing. But the real settlers here are the Celtics, who will have to defeat a red hot LeBron with their best talent sitting on the sideline. This is a classic case of David vs. Goliath. But at the very least, Boston will get home field advantage through most of the series. It’s unlikely that will be enough to topple the Cavs, but the Celts will do their worse.

Players to Watch: Jayson Tatum (18.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.2 apg), Terry Rozier (18.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.8 apg), and Al Horford (17.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 3.3 apg).

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Betting Predictions


  • Cleveland is 8-2 SU in their last 10 Games
  • Cleveland is 4-6 ATS in their last 10 Games
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 10 Games
  • Boston is 3-7 SU in their last 10 Games against Cleveland
  • Boston is 5-5 ATS in their last 10 Games against Cleveland
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 10 Games against Cleveland
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Betting Picks

So which team should sportsbook betting players favor in Game 1 of this Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics championship series? This matchup is quite difficult to predict. Since the line has moved, taking Boston straight up is the most lucrative option. However, considering the momentum Cleveland brings into this series, it’s probably safer to side with James & Co. Sign up now to make this Eastern Conference Finals prediction!

Score Prediction: 105-98 Boston. The Celtics stave off the Celts at home.