NBA Playoff Betting Preview
Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers (Celtics lead 2-1)
Monday, 8:05 pm Eastern – TNT
SBG Global Opening Line: Cavaliers – 2.5, Total 182
The Boston Celtics haven’t been able to win on the road in the playoffs and if that continues on Monday night their series against the Cleveland Cavaliers will be tied. The Celtics lost game three 108-84 on Saturday as they were blown out early and never recovered. “We can’t spot a team 15-20 points and try to dig ourselves out of it,” Boston’s Kevin Garnett said. “We talked about that in the locker room that we need to play with the same urgency like we have at home. We can definitely play better, and we will.” SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Cavaliers at Home.
The Celtics were the NBA’s best road team in the regular season so it is somewhat of a mystery as to why they are struggling in the playoffs. The Celtics were the NBA’s best defensive team in the regular season but have had trouble on the road in the playoffs. They gave up an average of 101 points per game to the Hawks on the road and then gave up 108 points to Cleveland on Saturday. The Celtics shut down LeBron James again but couldn’t stop the rest of the Cavaliers on Saturday. Joe Smith and Delonte West had big games as did most of the rest of the Cavaliers. They picked up the slack for James who has struggled in this series. “That’s why it’s a team game,” West said. “That’s why you have teammates you trust. … We’re a unit. In this locker room we don’t separate ourselves and put that separation between LeBron and ourselves as a team. I think y’all more so do that. But here in this locker room, he brings the attitude. He brings the attitude like we’re all in this together. And I think it’s good to have his back for a change since he has ours so many nights.”
SBG Global Current Line: Cavaliers – 2, Total 181
Here are the NBA betting stats for Monday’s game. The Celtics are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Monday games. The Celtics are 40-15 ATS in their last 55 games as a road underdog. The Celtics are 24-10 ATS in their last 34 games overall. The Celtics are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 playoff games as an underdog. The Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games. The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Cleveland. The underdog is 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the two teams.
The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite. The Cavaliers are 25-10 ATS in their last 35 Monday games.
The Over is 4-0 in the Celtics last 4 road games. The Under is 15-5 in the Celtics last 20 Monday games. The Over is 7-3 in the Celtics last 10 playoff games as an underdog.
The Under is 12-2 in the Cavaliers last 14 Conference Semifinals games.
The Under is 13-4 in the Cavaliers last 17 games as a home favorite. The Under is 11-4 in the Cavaliers last 15 overall.
Pick: Cavs -2 3units. Hard to back a team that hasnt won on the road yet in the playoffs.