Celtics vs. Cavaliers Prediction

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 5/25/18, Prediction & Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers are facing a must-win situation at home tonight in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Can Cleveland keep its season alive with a victory while also covering the spread as the favorite?

Game Snapshot

709 Boston Celtics at 710 Cleveland Cavaliers

Friday, May 25, 2018

Quicken Loans Arena at 8:30PM ET

TV: ESPN

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Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers, the Cavaliers are a 7-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 202 points. As of Friday morning, 53 percent of public bets are siding with host Cleveland. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.

Celtics hold serve at home

The home team has won all five games in this series with Boston taking a 3-2 series lead Wednesday night with a 96-83 victory at TD Garden. The Celtics led 32-19 after one quarter of play and held on the rest of the way. Rookie Jayson Tatum put together another outstanding effort with a team-best 24 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots. Jaylen Brown contributed 17 points, three rebounds and two assists. Al Horford had 15 points and 12 boards. Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 13 off the bench.

James, Love only two in double figures

Cleveland small forward LeBron James scored a game-high 26 points in Game 5, while adding 10 rebounds and five assists. He shot 11-of-22 from the floor. Power forward Kevin Love added 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. No one else on the Cavs scored in double figures with small forward Jeff Green and shooting guard Jordan Clarkson both putting in eight off the bench. As a team, Cleveland shot only 31-of-74 from the floor including 9-of-34 from 3-point range.

NBA Betting Trends

Boston

The under is 5-0 in the last five Celtics games following an ATS win. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings.

Cleveland

Cleveland is 4-0 ATS in its last four home games versus a team with a road winning percentage above .500. The under is 5-1 in the last six Cavs games following a straight up loss.

Prediction:

The home team has not only won straight up through five games but also covered the spread each time. Let's keep it simple and stick with that formula. This is also LeBron we are talking about, so he's going to do everything in his power to make sure Cleveland's season doesn't end tonight. Bet on the Cavs to win comfortably.

NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS -7

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NBA Headlines

  • MILWAUKEE (AP) Mired in their worst skid of the season at the worst possible time, the Milwaukee Bucks need an answer in the Eastern Conference finals.
    A lineup change didn't provide one, so ...
  • OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant won't be ready to play in time for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30.
    The two-time reigning finals MVP has yet to return to on-court work while recovering f...
  • OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant is yet to progress to on-court work in his recovery from a strained right calf and won't be ready to return for Golden State in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30...
  • NEW YORK (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden were unanimous selections to an All-NBA team that could mean big payoffs for Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker.
    Both of those guards were vo...
  • MIAMI (AP) Phoenix Suns big man Richaun Holmes was arrested for misdemeanor possession of cannabis after a Miami-area traffic stop.
    Twenty-five-year-old Holmes was arrested Tuesday night alon...

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