NBA Playoffs – Cavs vs Celtics game 2

NBA Playoffs - Cavs vs Celtics game 2

The NBA Playoffs continue Tuesday night when the Boston Celtics — after shocking the public with their blowout 108-83 win in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals — host the Cleveland Cavaliers for game 2 of their best-of-seven series. Can the Cavaliers bounce back on the road to tie the series at 1 game apiece?

 

Let’s take a closer look at where the value’s at in this match.

 

NBA Odds

 

Spread/Team to Win

  • Cleveland Cavaliers +0.5: 1.98
  • Boston Celtics -0.5: 1.91

Total

  • OVER 202.5: 1.90
  • UNDER 202.5: 1.98

What to Watch For

 

Two-Way PlayerMarcus Morris came up huge on both ends of the floor in game 1. He guarded James for the majority of the night, holding him to just 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting from the field. On the other end, he chipped in with 21 points and 10 rebounds to help Boston get a win.

 

Morris is projected to finish game 2 with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. 

 

Betting on the Spread: Odds for the Cavaliers covering — at 1.98 — indicate there’s about a 50.5 the Cavs lose by 0.5 points or less (essentially win the game). The Cavs win about 57 percent of AccuScore sims.

 

The average score after 10,000 simulations is 106-102.5, in favor of the road team.

 

Cavs’ Shooting Woes: Cleveland was absolutely horrible from beyond the arc in game 1, finishing just 4-of-26 from three-point range. They’re projected to shoot 12-of-29 as a team from three-point range in game 2.

 

Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers are 8-3 against the spread (ATS) in their last 11 overall vs teams from the Atlantic division.
  • The Celtics are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 home games.
  • The OVER is 5-2 in Cavaliers’ last 7.
  • The road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two sides.

Projected Leaders

 

LeBron James is projected to finish with 29 points (11-20 FG), 9 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal and 4 turnovers.

 

Jayson Tatum is projected to lead Boston with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block and 2 turnovers.

 

Analyst’s Pick

 

The OVER.

 

This is a three-star (out of four) AccuScore hot trend pick. Odds — at 1.90 — indicates there’s just under a 53 percent chance the total combined score goes above 202.5. The total goes OVER that number in over 60 percent of AccuScore sims, suggesting some added value on the pick.

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