Point: For Celtics, There’s No Place Like Home in Game 5 vs. Cavs

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:29 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 22, 2018 4:29 PM UTC

Boston returns home after watching their 2-0 series lead evaporate in Cleveland. Let’s check out the NBA odds board and see if the Green can rock the Garden on Wednesday.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-boston-celtics-3468855/" title="Cavaliers vs. Celtics">NBA Wednesday:</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-boston-celtics-3468855/" title="Cavaliers vs. Celtics">Cavaliers (60-37 SU, 38-57-2 ATS) vs. Celtics (65-33 SU, 59-35-4 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Celtics +1</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4418&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3468855, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1252,1275,180,93], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2>What’s Trending</h2><ul> <li>Boston is 23-6 ATS revenging a loss vs. opponent.</li> <li>Boston is 29-17 ATS in home games this season.</li> <li>Boston is 38-20 ATS versus good offensive teams -- scoring 106+ points per game.</li> <li>Boston is 18-6 ATS in their last 24 home games.</li> <li>Cleveland is 0-2 ATS when tied in a playoff series this season.</li> <li>Road team is 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings between these clubs.</li></ul><p> </p><h2>Analysis</h2><p>I was feelin’ pretty, pretty good about myself after the first quarter of Cleveland's 111-102 victory over Boston on Monday. The Cavs led 34-18, and before the game I had jumped ship from the Celtics’ sinking vessel to the Cavaliers’ luxury liner in Game 4 because it became evident that home-court advantage means as much to Cleveland as it does to Boston. Despite gnashing my teeth about laying six points with the Cavs in my <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" title="Free NBA Picks">NBA picks</a> on Monday evening, I felt that Cleveland -- or more precisely, LeBron James -- would lay waste to the upstart Celtics even though I was fully aware that the score would hardly resemble the 30-point humiliation Boston experienced in Game 3. A double-digit victory did not seem out of the question as Boston’s young team would most likely be out of sorts after their Saturday night beatdown in hostile territory.</p><p>And so it was that Cleveland covered the number while I celebrated and SBR colleague Doug Upstone sobbed uncontrollably as he had decided to hitch his wagon to a falling star when he backed Boston. Poor, pitiful Doug cloaked in Celtics’ green and donning a leprechaun’s top hat rooted to the bitter end for his Boston boys to inch closer to at least earn a push, if not a miraculous ATS cover. Although the C’s did outscore the Cavs in the remaining three quarters, it was not to be and your old buddy Swinger fattened his wallet while my dear friend Doug had nothing but a rubber band that wrapped a wad of sorrows instead of C-Notes.</p><p>So now we move on to Game 5 where the venue shifts back to Boston and the series now even at a deuce apiece. The question is, what did we learn from Game 4 and how can we apply that knowledge to Wednesday night’s showdown in Beantown?</p><p>Well, we learned, or should I say confirmed, that LeBron cannot be stopped as evidenced by his 44 points and his recurring court supremacy, but what we did find out is that the Celtics would not go quietly. As previously stated, the Green outscored Cleveland in all quarters except the first and Boston had five players in double figures. Cleveland’s Kyle Korver played a solid role with 14 points and three blocks while tossing his body around with reckless abandon. However, those efforts do not come without consequences, especially when you’re a 37-year-old veteran, and I don’t believe the Cavs can count on the same contribution from Korver in Game 5.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afam2nIae4o">The kids are alright (name that band without clicking link!</a>) and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens will not allow them to dwell on the loss but rather focus on their determination to close the gap in a game where weaker-willed teams would have faded. A quick check of the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="NBA Odds">NBA odds board</a> reveals that the majors are offering the Celtics at -1, a pick, or +1 depending on where you shop. We see <a href="http://tps://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4418&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a> dealing Boston +1 despite the Celtics being 9-0 straight up in postseason home contests. My buddy Doug is backing Cleveland, so what more needs to be said?! Celtics win outright but I’ll grab the point just in case.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/counterpoint-cavs-defense-rebounding-the-deciding-factors/85330">Read why Doug Upstone won't be throwing anything in anger after Game 5.</a></h2>
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