Celtics at Cavaliers - 4/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (40-43) at Cleveland Cavaliers (54-29)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -11 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT, CSNN
The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Tuesday night in game two of their playoff series.
The Boston Celtics fought hard in their game loss that finished with a score of 113-100. Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 22 points and 10 assists while Evan Turner produced 12 points and seven rebounds. Avery Bradley dished three assists and Kelly Olynyk scored 12 points off the bench. The Boston Celtics played a hard game and had 24 assists on 37 made baskets, but they’ll have to make some changes if they hope to be more competitive this time around. Brad Stevens can start with starting Thomas, who is easily the Celtics best playmaker and a guy who can match the Cavs scoring streaks. Also, the Celtics need more from Bradley and Turner if they’re going to win a game or two. The Celtics have won seven of their last eight road games.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers really pulled away in the second half and made a total of 13 threes in the win. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 30 points and two assists while LeBron James had 20 points and seven assists. Kevin Love grabbed 12 rebounds and Tristan Thompson chipped in 12 points off the bench. The Cleveland Cavaliers played a solid game offensively but still allowed Boston to shoot above 46 percent from the field. The Cavaliers must learn that defense will be the key if they hope to win a championship this season. The Cavs also had just 19 assists on 37 made baskets. The Cavs have lost just one home game since early January, which came at the hands of the Celtics.
The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Cavaliers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Celtics are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Cleveland.
I like the way the Celtics fight and don't back down. I don't like the way the Cavs play defense and simply take plays off because they think they can make it up on the offensive end. I'm going to take the points this time with Boston, as this young team is gaining confidence and will put up even more of a fight with a game under its belt.