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Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/15/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (58-35) at Boston Celtics (63-31)
Date & Time Tuesday May 15, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Boston Celtics -1 -- Over/Under: 202.5
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NBA | Cleveland Cavaliers (58-35) at Boston Celtics (63-31)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics meet Tuesday in game two of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to redeem themselves after a brutal game one performance and tie up this series at 1-1. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 101.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 102.5 points on 48.1 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 32.7 points and nine assists while Kevin Love is averaging 14.9 points and 9.9 rebounds. Kyle Korver is the third double-digit scorer and JR Smith is dishing 1.3 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.6 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won seven of their last 12 road games.

The Boston Celtics hope to take a nice 2-0 series lead before leaving for Cleveland for game three. The Boston Celtics are averaging 104.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 101 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 18.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 17.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won nine straight home games.

The Cavaliers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Conference Finals games. The Celtics are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Conference Finals games and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Boston, road team is 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Boston.

We continue to get these cheap lines fading the Cavaliers and it continues to pay off. The Cleveland Cavaliers simply aren't a good basketball team and don't win unless LeBron plays out of his mind and he gets help from guys you can't count on. LeBron is going to obviouslly play better than he did in game one, but that won't matter much unless a group of inconsistent players follow his lead. I'm not counting on it. The Boston Celtics have proven to be an elite defensive club that plays togather, has a high level of confidence and isn't going to back down. The Celtics have also been a money printing machine when it comes to covering the number, especially at home with covers in 13 of their last 16 tries. I'll gladly take the Celtics at home in this near pick em.

Boston Celtics -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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