Celtics vs. Cavs Game 3 Pick
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Cleveland is the heavy favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -16.5 points against the Celtics. The over/under total for the game is listed at 215 points.
The Cavaliers took Game 2 of the series on Friday night, 130-86. It was a dominant effort from the tip to put Cleveland up 2-0 in the series. The Cavs have won five of six meetings with the Celtics this season. Cleveland is now 61-31 on the season, 35-10 at home and 43-45-4 against the spread. Boston is 61-36 overall, 26-21 on the road and 49-46-2 against the spread.
Game 2 couldn’t have gone any worse for Boston. The Celtics trailed by 41 points at halftime, which was a new NBA record. On top of that, Isaiah Thomas suffered a hip injury that will keep him out for the rest of the postseason. He had just two points in 18 minutes of Game 2. LeBron James had 30 points and seven assists to lead the Cavs while Kyrie Irving had 23 points and Kevin Love added 21 points with 13 rebounds.
This is quite a spread to cover, but it is hard to see Boston having much chance on the road without Thomas in the lineup. The Celtics just don’t have the consistent scoring options. Cleveland is absolutely rolling right now. They are 10-0 in the playoffs and 7-0-1 against the spread in their last eight games. Cleveland isn’t going to take its foot off the gas today. The Cavs will want the sweep and the rest. Look for them to hammer Boston again.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS -16.5