Cavs Let Celtics Back in Series in Game 3
The best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals returns to action this Tuesday night with Game 4 between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. BetAnySports opened Cleveland as a heavy 15-point home favorite with the total set at 216 points. The line has moved to the Cavs -15.5 and the total has risen to 217.5 this afternoon. Game time from Quicken Loans Arena is set for 8:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be available on TNT.
Boston proved it can beat the Cavaliers without its top scorer Isaiah Thomas with a thrilling 111-108 victory in Game 3 as a heavy 16-point underdog on the road. This followed a pair of lopsided losses at home in the first two games of this series both straight-up and against the spread by a combined 57 points. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 214-point line in Sunday’s must win and it has gone OVER in seven of the Celtics’ last 10 playoff games.
With Thomas done for the season with an injured hip, both Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley stepped up their games on Sunday to help fill the void. Smart scored a team-high 27 points and he connected on eight of his 14 shots from three-point range. Bradley added 20 points including a last-second three-pointer that sealed the win. Boston is averaging 105.8 points per game in the postseason and this was just the second time in its last five games that it was able to eclipse this number.
Cavs Playoff Win Streak Came to End
Sunday’s loss snapped Cleveland’s SU 10-game winning streak this postseason following four-game sweeps of both Indiana and Toronto in the first two rounds. The Cavaliers have gone 6-3-2 ATS on BetAnySports’ closing betting lines in these playoffs and the total has gone OVER in eight of the 11 games.
Give credit to Boston for Sunday’s stunning victory as a heavy road underdog, but the fact that LeBron James basically took the night off with just 11 points was a huge factor in the outcome of this game. He has averaged 32.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists in these playoffs to put his team in excellent position to make its third-straight trip to the NBA Finals. Kyrie Irving led all scorers in Game 3 with 29 points and he is averaging 23 PPG in the postseason. Kevin Love rounds out this trio with an average of 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds a game.
It is one thing to lose a game at home in the playoffs that everyone thought you would win and it is a whole other ball game to do twice in a row. I am banking on Cleveland to bounce back in a big way by covering BetAnySports’ inflated 15.5-point spread on Tuesday night.