Lebron Needs Help In the NBA Playoffs to Beat Celtics
The NBA Playoffs have been FANTastic so far this season. The Eastern Conference Finals resume on Tuesday night at TD Garden. Game 2 of the best-of-seven showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics is upon us. Can Lebron and Love get some help to make this a series?
BetAnySports opened the Celtics as slight one-point home favorites with the total set at 202.5 points. The line is now a PK and the total has risen to 205 for this 8:30 p.m. tip on ESPN.
Will This Series Mirror the Pacers NBA Playoffs Series?
The Cavaliers needed seven games to get past Indiana in the opening round after losing the series opener. That may be the case again in this series following Sunday’s 108-83 loss in Game 1 as slight one-point road favorites. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ 204.5-point total line after going OVER in five of their previous six games.
Cleveland is 8-4 straight-up this postseason with a 4-8 record against the spread.
Cleveland has only averaged 101.8 points per game in the playoffs thus far. They are connecting on 45.7 percent of its shots from the field. LeBron James has carried the bulk of the load with an average of 32.7 PPG.
In Sunday’s Game 1 loss, the Cavaliers could not reach the 90-point mark. The team shot just 36.0 percent from the field and a dreadful 4-for-26 from three-point range. James was held to 15 points on a 5-for-16 effort shooting the ball.
Celtics are Getting Help from Entire Team
The Celtics continue to rely on a number of different players in their postseason run. They needed the full seven games to get past Milwaukee in the first round. The Horford led Celtics made short work of Philadelphia in a 4-1 series victory in the conference semifinals.
Boston has gone 10-3 ATS during this 13-game span. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in three of their last four games. Boston is 8-0 both SU and ATS in eight previous home games this postseason.
Boston has four players averaging at least 17 PPG in the playoffs. They are led by Jayson Tatum’s 18.6-point scoring average. The Celtics have shown the balance and veteran leadership that led this team to the No. 2 seed in the East.
In the absence of their top scorer Kyrie Irving, a number of role players have stepped up their game. They have helped the Celtics’ average 104.4 PPG while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. Jaylen Brown had the hottest hand in Game 1 of this series with 23 points while going 9-for-16 from the field.
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You would have to think that James and Cleveland, as a team, will shoot the ball better on Tuesday night. However, I still see this game staying UNDER BetAnySports’ current 202.5-point total line.
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