NBA Playoff Betting Preview
Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics (Series tied 2-2)
Wednesday, 8:05 pm Eastern – TNT
SBG Global Opening Line: Celtics – 8.5, Total 176.5
The Boston Celtics had the NBA’s best regular season record but in the playoffs they have looked very beatable. After winning the first two games at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics lost both road games and now the series is tied 2-2. The Celtics are now 0-5 on the road in the playoffs and it has many of the players concerned. “There is some frustration,” center P.J. Brown said “But up to this point, it hasn’t gotten under our skin.” The Celtics went an NBA-best 31-10 on the road in the regular season but have looked terrible on the road in the playoffs including the last two games in Cleveland. “The key is winning the series. Whether it’s at home or on the road, you just try to win it,” Paul Pierce said. “It’s a three-game series, with two of them at home.” SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Celtics at Home.
The good news for Boston is that they still have home-court advantage and they are unbeaten at home in the playoffs. “We earned that right to have home-court advantage,” Boston head coach Doc Rivers said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with why we haven’t won a road game. We haven’t played well on the road, and we have to do better.” The Celtics also know they must win Game Five because they sure can’t count on winning a Game Six at Cleveland. “I’m not even thinking about a Game 7. That’s definitely the idea: Get a win (Wednesday) night and try to close it out in Game 6,” Pierce said. “We definitely have to play well (in Game 5), because we haven’t been playing well on the road. You kind of want to treat it like a Game 7, because you can’t count on winning Game 6.”
SBG Global Current Line: Celtics – 8.5, Total 176.5
The Cavaliers are not in any better shape than the Celtics considering they haven’t won on the road in this series either. They at least have a road win the playoffs though, at Washington in Game 6 of that series. “It just shows how strong you are as a team to be able to go into a hostile environment and stick together and come out with a win,” Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson said, “Once you’ve experienced an environment, going back to it is kind of like, ‘We’ve been here before.’ And we felt like we were right there to win a game. So we know what we’re capable of doing on their floor and we’re going into it with a lot of confidence.”
The Cavaliers nearly won Game 1 in Boston but LeBron James missed a layup that would have tied the game. “You can win all your home games and get a championship that way. I don’t think that has ever been done,” Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. “You’ve got to get some road wins to be a champion, at least that’s the history of the game. I tell our guys, if you expect to win in the playoffs, you’ve got to know how to defend and you’ve got to know how to win on the road.”
Here are the NBA betting stats for Wednesday’s game. The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. the Atlantic. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games. The Cavaliers are 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Cavaliers are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 playoff games as an underdog. The Cavaliers are 5-2-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Boston. The underdog is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings between the two teams.
The Celtics are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games. The Celtics are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games as a home favorite. The Celtics are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. the Central. The Celtics are 24-11 ATS in their last 35 games overall. The Celtics are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games.
The Under is 7-1 in the Cavaliers last 8 vs. the Atlantic. The Under is 13-3 in the Cavaliers last 16 Conference Semifinals games. The Under is 7-2 in the Cavaliers last 9 games as an underdog. The Under is 16-5 in the Cavaliers last 21 playoff games as an underdog. The Under is 12-4 in the Cavaliers last 16 games playing on 1 day of rest. The Under is 6-2 in the Cavaliers last 8 games as a road underdog. The Under is 12-4 in the Cavaliers last 16 overall.
The Under is 5-1 in the Celtics last 6 games as a home favorite. The Under is 4-1 in the Celtics last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest. The Under is 4-1 in the Celtics last 5 overall. The Under is 9-4 in the Celtics last 13 playoff games as a favorite. The Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Boston between the two teams.
Pick: Stick with the home teams as they have been red hot! Celtics 5 units