Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 4/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (56-29) at Boston Celtics (40-45)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +7.5 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to complete the sweep on Sunday when they play the Boston Celtics in Game 4.
The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't quite dominated the series like many thought they would, but they were able to extend their series lead to 3-0 with a 103-95 win at Boston on Thursday. Being the first road game of the playoffs, LeBron James decided to take more of the scoring responsibility and finished with a game-high 31 points on 13 of 26 shooting while Kevin Love made six threes en route to a series-high 23 points. Defensively, the Cavs made the adjustment to pay extra attention to the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas after he poured in 22 points in Games 1 and 2 and it paid off as he finished with just five points. Overall, the Cavs didn't exactly dominate the game but were always playing with the lead after James set the tone in the first quarter.
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As for the Celtics, they didn't get their usual production from Thomas off the bench but they still got plenty from other key players. Evan Turner led the way with 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while Avery Bradley added 18 points of his own. Even Jae Crowder stepped up and scored 16 points off the bench but the men in green were always going to struggle without a big night from their leading scorer. Still, there's plenty to be positive about as the Celtics showed plenty of toughness and energy to start the game, but without a veteran superstar leader, they just lacked the poise to make the right plays and execute down the stretch.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win, while the Celtics are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games against a team above .600.
I didn't have the Celtics being so competitive in this series, but while I still think they're going to get swept, I actually think they'll be able to make a game out of Game 4 and at least keep it within the spread.