Celtics at Cavaliers - 4/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (40-42) at Cleveland Cavaliers (53-29)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Sunday in game one of the NBA playoffs.
The Boston Celtics ended the season winning six straight games. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 101.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 45 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 19 points and 5.4 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 13.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. Jared Sullinger is grabbing 7.6 rebounds and Evan Turner is dishing 5.5 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 46.3 percent in their last five games and have won six of their last seven when topping 100 points. This is the first playoff series for much of this Boston roster. The Celtics have won seven straight road games. Kelly Olynyk is questionable with a head injury.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers ended the season winning five of their last seven games. On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 103.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 98.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.3 points and 7.4 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.7 points and 5.2 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 9.7 rebounds and J.R. Smith is dishing 2.5 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers have shot 45.6 percent from the field in their last five games and have won 12 straight when topping 100 points. This is also the first playoff series for a lot of the Cavs key players, including Irving and Love. The Cavs have lost just three home games in 2015.
The Celtics are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 road games and 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Cleveland and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Cavs are healthy and playing in a game where they can actually be inspired. Look for Cleveland to win in a blowout, but there are certainly better options on the board.