Point: Oddsmakers Disrespecting Celtics at Cavaliers in Game 6

Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:37 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 24, 2018 12:37 PM UTC

Home cookin’ has been the key to this series as the Celtics took a 3-2 series lead after Wednesday night’s 96-83 victory in Boston. But Friday night the series shifts to Cleveland so let’s review the NBA odds board and pick another winner!

<p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Tatum loves the big moments 🌟 &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/k03Dmb8kTk\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/k03Dmb8kTk&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/NBCSCeltics/status/999505393184362497?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;May 24, 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><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/boston-celtics-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-3468856/" title="Live Odds For This Game"><strong>Celtics (66-33 SU, 60-35-4 ATS)</strong> at <strong>Cavaliers (60-38 SU, 38-58-2 ATS)</strong></a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: Celtics +7</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4418&amp;book=5dimes" title="Top Rated Sportsbook\">5Dimes</a></strong></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3468856, "sportsbooksIds":[19,93,1096,169,300], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><ul> <li>Boston is 23-10 ATS as an underdog this season.</li> <li>Boston is 20-9 ATS after a win by 10 points or more this season.</li> <li>Boston is 39-20 ATS versus good offensive teams -- scoring 106+ points per game.</li> <li>Cleveland 6-18 ATS after a loss by 10 points or more this season.</li> <li>Cleveland is 18-23 revenging a loss vs opponent this season.</li></ul><p>You ignore the home court advantage at your own peril when it comes to this year’s Eastern Conference Finals. Just like that the Celtics traveled back to Boston after getting whacked around in Cleveland and picked up right where they left off when they won their 10<sup>th</sup> straight home playoff game by the score of 96-83 and have yet to lose at the Garden in the postseason. It was a stark contrast from their two efforts in Cleveland in which they were outclassed in both contests and lost by an average of 19 ½ points per game. The home team has claimed all five games of this series and none has been closer than a nine-point margin of victory.</p><p>Boston’s largest lead of the game occurred early in the second-quarter when they went ahead 36-19. It was a lead they would never squander although the Cavaliers fought back a few times but each rally was quickly extinguished by an unyielding Celtics’ defense. Rookie Jayson Tatum continues to conduct his on-court business with the steely determination of a proven veteran and led his team again in scoring with 24 points while Al Horford owned the glass with 12 boards and contributed 15 points. This game was all about Boston’s ability to contain LeBron – as much as you can contain LeBron – and it worked because James wound up with a modest, by his standards, 26 points while the rest of his teammates once again failed to pick up the slack.</p><p>Despite the fact that the Celtics were rolled in Cleveland, the outcome of Game 5 was hardly surprising. Those who read my column know that I picked the Cavs in Game 4 and switched sides in Game 5 to include the Celtics in my <a href="https://twitter.com/celtics">NBA picks </a>on Wednesday evening. I specifically stated that 37-year-old Kyle Korver would be gassed after his Game 4 effort and sure enough he was a nonfactor in Game 5. Speaking of gassed, LeBron James didn’t look like he had much left in the tank in the fourth-quarter and it could be that this heavy load is starting to buckle those massive shoulders.</p><p>Entering Game 6 I am besting my SBR colleague, and handicapper extraordinaire, Doug Upstone 3-2 in this series and can’t help feeling just a tad sorry for my friend who latched onto the Cavaliers in Wednesday’s loss like a big mouth bass to the end of my fishing line. I am going to say that the Celts will buck the trend and get a cover on the road, perhaps even a win in Game 6. The young guns from Boston have held the Cavs to just 86.6 points per game at home and I believe they now have enough experience under their belts playing in Cleveland that they will avoid the trap of falling behind early. In addition, LeBron may be getting worn out from doing all the heavy lifting for Cleveland without getting much support. And if that doesn’t convince you then allow me to add that Mr. Upstone is on the Cavs, so there you go.</p><p>A quick check of the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">NBA odds</a> board reveals the Shamrocks are getting seven points as of this early Thursday morning writing – and I do mean early – which I will gladly take but am also advising a few bucks on the money line which Bookmaker is dealing at Boston +263. Double dip on the C’s and grab the cash on Friday night!</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/counterpoint-tired-cavs-spring-to-life-at-home-win-cover-in-game-6/85360">Read why Doug thinks Swinging has a minnow-sized brain for Game 6</a></h2>
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