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
Under is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Boston.
Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
|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|
Season Points +/-
Picks against the spread
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