Tuesday's round of NBA Playoffs betting serves up the highly anticipated clash between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of their first round series. Join us as we preview the NBA odds and serve up choice NBA picks.
Cleveland Cavaliers Lead The Charge
The Cleveland Cavaliers took the 113-100 win in game 1 to open their quest for the NBA Championship on a positive note. They'll be looking to extend their advantage over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night when these two sides renew hostilities in the postseason, all while matched as the whopping -700 NBA faves to win outright and the 11-point home chalk.
Overwhelming favorites across sports betting platforms, the Cavaliers improved to +230 NBA betting odds in futures betting markets since the weekend. The start of the NBA Playoffs had the Cavaliers trading at nominally higher +240 favorites (or thereabouts depending on your sports betting platform of choice) to win it all.
To be fair, it's a long way to go before the NBA Finals. But they've taken the first positive step and there was plenty to like about the Cavs in their opener, despite a slow start to the game that had them lose the first quarter 31-27.
LeBron James alluded to nerves in his first playoff appearance for the Cavaliers in five years, since fleeing Cleveland for more promising prospects with the Miami Heat. Fortunately, the Cavs all in one recovered in the second quarter, reeling off 35 points to the Celtics' 23 points and take the 62-54 lead into half time. The third quarter followed in similar fashion with the Cavs extending their lead by another 29 points to the Celtic's 22 points, which opened up a 20-point edge, but the final quarter saw the Celtics rally with a 24-22 run and, even, come to within six points for a brief moment, before the Cavs put the game firmly away from their audacious reach.
Kyrie Irving scored 30 points on his playoff debut while LeBron James posted 20 points in his first postseason appearance with the Cavaliers this side of the decade. Postseason rookie Kevin Love also had a good turnout with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Boston Celtics entered game 1 of their best-of-seven series with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the no-hopers in NBA betting markets. Yet, they still managed to be competitive in the game, take the lead in the early goings and give the Cavs a run for their money in the final quarter. That's something.
The final score belies their performance, namely the inspired play of Isaiah Thomas who was instrumental to the Celtics respectable account throughout the game. Thomas put up 22 points and 10 assists. Of course, Thomas can't do it alone against the likes of the Cavaliers and if there were a criticism to be had, it's that the starters need to rise to the occasion. Bench reserves impressively picked up some of the slack by contributing 55 points.
NBA Betting Verdict:
Boston Celtics have room for optimism given how well they accounted against the Cavs for certain stretches of the game. If they are to make a series of it, they're going to have to find a way to sustain that level for all four quarters. Easier said than done at the expense of the NBA betting favorites; hence, their ridiculously large +525 NBA odds to mastermind the upset in Game 2.
Where NBA bettors might fancy their chances is against the spread as the 11-point underdogs. Granted the Cavs covered in Game 1, but the Celtics did get as close as six points in the final minutes of the game. Now that game 1 is in the books and the initial NBA Playoff jitters have run their course, teams can settle in. The reality is the Celtics have to apply the pressure on the Cavs, so we're expecting another close battle here and recommending the Celtics to pick up the cover as the 11-point underdogs for your NBA picks.
NBA Picks: Celtics To Cover -11 at BetOnline