Point: Cavaliers Poised to Even Series vs. Celtics on Monday Night

Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:00 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 20, 2018 9:00 PM UTC

Cleveland dominated its guests in Game 3 and is now within a win of evening the best-of-seven East finals. Let’s check out the NBA odds board for Game 4 and cash those tickets!

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/boston-celtics-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-3468854/" title="Celtics vs. Cavaliers">NBA Monday: </a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/boston-celtics-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-3468854/" title="Celtics vs. Cavaliers">Celtics (65-32 SU, 59-34-4 ATS) vs. Cavaliers (59-37 SU, 37-57-2 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Cavaliers -6</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4994&amp;book=Betphoenix" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetPhoenix</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3468854, "sportsbooksIds":[1389,999996,1275,180,93], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2>What’s Trending</h2><ul> <li>Boston is 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games vs. a team with a winning home record.</li> <li>Boston is 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600.</li> <li>Cleveland is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.</li> <li>Cleveland is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Atlantic Division teams.</li> <li>Cleveland is 4-0 ATS in their last four Monday games.</li></ul><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;.&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/CavsJMike?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@CavsJMike&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ElalcaldeRafa?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@ElalcaldeRafa&lt;/a&gt; talk &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/CavsCeltics?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CavsCeltics&lt;/a&gt; Game 3 and look ahead to Game 4 in today's &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/CavsHQ?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CavsHQ&lt;/a&gt;!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;LISTEN: &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/JtPA2fmEIj\"&gt;https://t.co/JtPA2fmEIj&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhateverItTakes?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WhateverItTakes&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/chtKtAqtPR\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/chtKtAqtPR&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/cavs/status/998252254087000064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;May 20, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Let’s get this piece of business right out of the way. I have been riding the Celtics in my <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" title="Free NBA Picks">NBA picks</a> like a rented mule and so too was this the case in Game 3 where I incredulously asked why a team that had won their first two games of the series by an average of 13 points should now be given a 6½-point advantage just because the venue had changed. Well, I got my answer because the Cavs looked like a different team as they stormed ahead in the opening quarter and never looked back. Despite the fact that Boston has been as resilient a team as any in the league this season, I never once felt that they would narrow that 15-point first-quarter deficit. Unfortunately, they didn’t prove me wrong and were outscored in each and every quarter as they fell 116-86 and allowed the Cavaliers to cut their series lead in half.</p><p>Unlike most of Cleveland’s wins -- and losses, for that matter -- this game had contributions from others besides LeBron James. Of course, the King led all scorers with 27 points but there were six Cavaliers in double digits, which has been the rare exception rather than the rule this season. Kevin Love pounded the glass and came away with 14 boards while Kyle Korver was perfect from beyond the arc, connecting on 4-of-4 and wound up with a total of 14 points off the bench. Even JR Smith got back on track after laying a goose egg in Game 2, hitting three of four from three-point land and finally finding his stroke. Boston’s Jayson Tatum was the only bright spot for the C’s as he ended the evening with 20 points, but the rookie’s efforts were not nearly enough to counter his team’s malaise on defense and Cleveland’s explosive offense.</p><p>Game 4 on Monday night will be more of the same and I hate to say that as a tried and true Bostonian. The Cleveland team that melted in Boston was energized on their home court. Boston’s youth movement, which has provided so many inspirational victories this season, looked every bit as green as the Fenway Park outfield. Instead of swagger, we saw fear and I don’t see that turning around in Game 4.</p><p>My SBR colleague Doug Upstone, a Cleveland backer in Game 3, has surprisingly jumped ship and believes the Celtics will return to their winning ways on Monday night. I think Mr. Upstone is trying to be too cute. He bet Game 3 like he was reading Sunday morning’s newspapers and now all of a sudden, he believes this group of youngsters will summon the temerity to rise up and beat LeBron on his own court. I believe this series will go seven games and all wins will be on the home court, which ultimately means the Celtics will advance, but I don’t give them any chance of covering what the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="NBA Odds">NBA odds board</a> is hanging on this one. Forget about Dangerous Doug Upstone and back the Cavs in Game 4.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/counterpoint-no-blowout-in-game-4-with-celtics-cavs-a-maalox-masher/85294">Read why Doug Upstone will have an antacid ready for Game 4.</a></h2>
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