National Basketball Association: Eastern Conference Finals
Game 1 CLE vs. BOS Best-of-7: Series Tied 0-0
Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31, 20-21 away) at Boston Celtics (53-29, 30-11 home)
May 17, 2017- 8:30 PM ET (TV TNT) TD Garden, Boston, MA
The matchup we all expected in the Eastern Conference Finals will ring true come Wednesday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics will tip it off for the start of Game 1 at TD Garden in a marquee matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Cavs Lines: BetOnline Spread (-4) ML -182
Best Celtics Lines: Bovada Spread (+5) ML +170
Over/Under: MyBookie 219.5
The defending champion Cavaliers will take the next step to put them one series win away from a return trip back to the NBA Finals as LeBron James will get set to face the Celtics for the sixth time in the postseason all while seeking his seventh straight finals appearance if he can help lead his team past a very confident Boston team.
And while the Cavs have enjoyed plenty of rest after their quick work over the Toronto Raptors in four straight in the semifinals, the Celtics found themselves in a dogfight against the Washington Wizards in a series that took seven games to determine a winner.
Boston for the part earned homecourt advantage in the series by virtue of the best record in the East during the regular season, however, in the season matchup, it was the Cavs who won the series 3-1 with two wins at home and splitting two in Beantown.
In this series, all eyes will be on the matchup between the matchup of James and Isaiah Thomas of Boston. In the four games during the season, James averaged 29.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 9.8 assists, while the Boston scoring leader averaged 29.5 points and 6.5 assists.
And as the odds makers and the general public are on the Cavaliers to win this series and move on, we simply can’t look past the gritty Celtics as they surprised the critics all season long to lock down the No. 1 seed.
Game 2 will be on Friday night before the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4, Sunday and Tuesday.
Coming off an emotionally packed semifinals in which they were forced to go 7, will the Thomas-led Celtics be able to carry that momentum against what will be a well-rested Cavs team? For sports betting purposes for our US players, the betting lines vary as BetOnline is favoring CLE (-4) points over BOS, while Bovada is giving the home Celtics (+5) points.
MyBookie delivers the over/under with 219.5 total game points scored; a number I will play as I will favor the UNDER of 219.5 total game points scored as my best betting pick.