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Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/27/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (60-38) at Boston Celtics (66-33)
Date & Time Sunday May 27, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Boston Celtics -2 -- Over/Under: 201.5
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NBA | Cleveland Cavaliers (60-38) at Boston Celtics (66-33)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in game seven of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will advance to their fourth straight NBA Finals with a victory here. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 33.9 points and 8.8 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 13.9 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Korver is the third double-digit scorer and George Hill is dishing 2.2 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost five of their last eight road games.

The Boston Celtics will advance to their first NBA Finals since the 2009-10 NBA season with a victory here. The Boston Celtics are averaging 102.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 101.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 18.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 18.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won 11 straight home games.

The Cavaliers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Atlantic and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston, the home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Some would say you’re nuts to bet against LeBron in a game seven, especially when he showed late in game six just how capable he is of closing a game. It’s tough to bet against the best player in the world when you tell him it’s do or die, as he can put it all on his shoulders and will himself to victory. However, the Celtics have beaten the Cavs like a drum at home this series, and no matter how great LeBron is, he still needs some sort of help to close the deal. The Cavaliers role players do almost nothing on the road and that’s the reason they’re playing a second seven-game series these playoffs. I don’t trust anybody on this Cavs roster besides No. 23, and on the road it’s simply not enough. Not to mention Kevin Love will be questionable due to him leaving game six due to dizziness. Give me the Celtics to advance to the NBA Finals.

Boston Celtics -2

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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