5/9/2010 3:40:00 PM
The Cavaliers played like a team possessed Friday, avenging an 18-point home loss in Game 2 by winning by 29 in Boston. Cleveland looks to take a stranglehold of the series today.
The Boston Celtics suffered a 124-95 setback as one-point home dogs in Friday's Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was Boston's first playoff loss at home, where Doc Rivers' club was previously on a 3-0 spread streak.
Sunday afternoon's Game 4 has the rivals back at TD Garden, with most offshore sports books monitored by the Don Best odds product installing Cleveland as a 1 ½-point road favorite. Boston, which trails the best-of-seven series 2-1, has attracted most of the early betting action.
LeBron James put up a series-high 38 points for the Cavs in Friday's win thanks to a 14-for-22 performance from the field. He also added seven assists.
Cleveland's Antawn Jamison notched his first double-double in five games with 20 points and 12 rebounds. The two-time All-Star sank 6-of-7 from the foul line.
The combined 219 points flew north of its 193 ½-point ‘total' to make the ‘over' 2-1 for the series. Cleveland connected on 59.5 percent of its field-goal shooting, while allowing the Celtics to hit 42.7 percent.
Boston power forward Kevin Garnett scored a team-high 19 points and added four rebounds. "The Big Ticket" drained 8-of-11 from the field and was a perfect 3-of-3 at the charity stripe.
Rajon Rondo led the Celtics in rebounds and assists with five and eight, respectively. The Kentucky alum leads all Eastern Conference playoff contenders in assists (11.3 APG) and steals (1.9 SPG).
The Celtics are 1-2 ATS in their last three games following a loss by 20 points or more, with the ‘over' going 3-0. Cleveland is 4-2 ATS in its last six contests that occurred after a win by 20 points or greater, with the ‘under' also 4-2.
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Boston is 2-1 ATS in its three playoff games on one day of rest, with the ‘under' also 2-1. The Cavs are 0-3 in their three playoff games that took place after being idle for one day, with the ‘over' 1-2.
Sports books opened the ‘total' for Game 4 at 195, which is at its highest for the series. Early action on the ‘over' quickly raised the number to 196 ½.
This duel tips at 12:30 p.m. (PT), and will be televised nationally by ABC.
The squads will have one night off before shifting to Cleveland for Tuesday's Game 5. Thursday's Game 6 would be held back in Boston if necessary.
Pinnacle sports book lists Cleveland as a -790 favorite to win the series, while Boston is +630.