Eastern Conference Finals Picks – Game 5 – Cavs @ Celtics

Tonight’s NBA Playoff Picks

It’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight. Game 4 saw the Cavaliers draw the Series back to 2-2 with a 111-102 win in Cleveland.

The original lines for these NBA Playoff picks are taken a couple of hours prior to the tip-off, so adjust your picks accordingly should a line change.

*Original betting lines and lineups taken game morning, adjust accordingly.

Confidence out of 1-5


Eastern Conference Finals – Game 5

Cleveland @ Boston

  • Eastern Conference Final – Game 5
  • Series Tied 2-2

H2H Trends

Under is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Boston.
Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

Season Series

GAME 4 Cleveland Cavaliers Boston Celtics 111 : 102
GAME 3 Cleveland Cavaliers Boston Celtics 116 : 86
GAME 2 Boston Celtics Cleveland Cavaliers 107 : 94
GAME 1 Boston Celtics Cleveland Cavaliers 108 : 83
12.02.18 Boston Celtics Cleveland Cavaliers 99 : 121
04.01.18 Boston Celtics Cleveland Cavaliers 102 : 88
18.10.17 Cleveland Cavaliers Boston Celtics 102 : 99

Win/Loss 

TEAM W L HOME AWAY
Cleveland 50 32 29-12 21-20
Boston 55 27 27-14 28-13

Season Points +/- 

TEAM PPG OPP PPG DIFF
Cleveland 110.9 109.9 +0.9
Boston 104.0 100.4 +3.6

Picks against the spread

 Spread O/U Points   Result
Cleveland Over Boston
+1.5 205.0 96-83

The Cavs will have to end the Celtics unbeaten home 9-0 (average margin of 9.6 pts) Playoff streak tonight, and if you’d have asked the Celtics after the Hayward and Kyrie injuries whether they’d be happy winning 2 of 3 to get into the NBA Finals, you’d have to say they’d take it in a second.

The Celtics won their two home games by average of 19 points but things switched in Cleveland with a losing average of 19.5 points, and a 1-6 away record over these Playoffs.

Boston are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 following a ATS loss and 18-6 ATS in their last 24 at home, and to see them come into tonight as +1.0 underdogs (those odds have now switched) is a little surprising, but speaks to the confidence the bookies have in the Cavs after their impressive home stand.

Like the overs tonight, with a 10-3 record over the Celtics last 13 home games.

Cavs to break the TD Garden streak with Lebron 33.5 pts plus.

BEST BET = Cleveland +1.5

PLAYER PROP = Lebron James Over 33.5 pts