NBA Pick: Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 1 of Playoffs Series

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:59 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015 6:59 PM UTC

Our NBA capper covers the opening game between Boston & Cleveland where he shares a perspective that provides a unique angle, and will give you the optimum edge when making your NBA picks. 

Celtics and Cavaliers Game 1 on Sunday
The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Boston Celtics on Sunday at 3:05 PM ET. This will be the opening game of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal best of seven series. According to the NBA betting odds at Bookmaker, Cleveland is a 10.5 point favorite, and the posted total is 203.0. The teams met four times during the regular season with each winning twice, and three of the four also went under the total.


Celtics Red-Hot heading into Playoffs
The Boston Celtics finished the regular season by going 6-0 SU&ATS in the last six, and 8-1 SU&ATS in their final nine games. Their stellar play extended well beyond that strong finish, Boston was 24-12 in their last thirty-six games, and it catapulted them from also-ran status to the 7th seed in the East. The Celtics were also an extremely profitable 31-13 ATS (.705) in their final forty four games of the regular season. Boston went a very respectable 19-22 straight up, and was a stellar 27-14 ATS in their forty-one road games during the 2014-2015 NBA campaign.


Cavaliers peaked in Second Half of the Season
The high expectations of Cleveland Cavaliers fans entering this season hadn’t been seen since LeBron James bolted to the Miami Heat for a lucrative free agent deal. Well James was back again, and the rest of the roster had been upgraded with several quality veteran players, while also still possessing a wild card of their own in star point guard Kyrie Erving. However, initially things didn’t go quite as planned. Cleveland started the season with a disappointing 19-20 record. Then once the chemistry of the team kicked in, they finished the year by going an excellent 34-9 in their last forty-three games.


NBA Totals Angle
The Celtics finished the season with a winning percentage of .488 and the Cavaliers ended at .646. I already alluded to the fact that Boston finished the regular season by winning eight of their last nine games. The combination of both team’s winning percentage, and the Celtics strong regular season finish, qualifies for an extremely profitable totals betting angle that’s survived the test of time. I’ll be leaning on this valuable handicapping asset when making one of my NBA picks for Sunday.

Any team (Boston) with a winning percentage of .400 to .490, coming off eight or more wins in their last ten games, versus an opponent with a winning record, resulted in that team going over the total on 46 of those 61 occasions (75.4%) since 1996. There was 66.1% of those sixty-one contests that went over the number by 7.0 points or more.

Free NBA Pick: Play on Boston and Cleveland to go over the total of 203.0 at Bookmaker.

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