Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams play on Thursday April 23rd, 2015. At 7:00 PM EST on the TNT Television Network.
The (55-29) and number two seed Cleveland Cavaliers of the Eastern Conference Central Division will make the trip to “BEANTOWN” for the third game of the best of seven series. Cleveland will play the (40-44) and seven seed Boston Celtics of the Eastern Conference Atlantic in 2015 NBA Playoff first round action. The teams will play at TD Garden near the “OLD CHURCH SUBWAY STATION” in Boston, Massachusetts. The best Sports Handicapper believes the Cleveland Cavaliers want to close out this first round series as soon as possible. Game three is a must win situation for Boston. The opening betting line has Boston as a four and a half point home underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 203′ for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Cleveland Cavaliers took a 2-0 series lead with a 99-91 win on Tuesday April 21st. Star LeBron James led the Cavaliers in scoring with thirty points. Point Guard added Kyrie Irving added twenty-six and Center Timofey Mozgov contributed sixteen. Mozgov also had five short blocks in the victory. Cleveland ranks seventh in the NBA scoring the Basketball. The defense allows opponents 98.7 points per contest, sixth in the East and ninth overall in the league. Cleveland is 0-6 Against The Point Spread their last six basketball games playing on one day of rest. The betting odds under the total are 4-0 the Cavaliers last four NBA games against a team with a losing record. Irving is the scored and James has been the assists in the first round matchup. Irving is the leading scorer, and James is the leader in assists. The trend is a good sign, showing the versatility of the roster. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 0-2 their last two NBA Point Spread Picks on the road, going over the betting odds total once and staying under the betting odds total once. The betting odds over the total are 10-1 the Cavaliers last eleven road games against a team with a positive home record. The Cavaliers are 3-7 Against The Spread their last ten in the “BAY STATE”. The key to a Cleveland victory is to stay hungry and focus. James has plenty of playoff experience and must keep his teammates engaged. Bovada lists the Cleveland Cavaliers at 1/3 to win the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Championship.
The 2015 Boston Celtics are not expected to win the series. Head Coach Brad Stevens and the young Celtics are gaining valuable playoff experience for the future. Newly acquired Point Guard Isaiah Thomas poured in a team-high twenty-two points in Tuesday’s loss. Power Forward Jared Sullinger added sixteen. Four Celtics are averaging double figures scoring the basketball in the first two games of the first round series. Boston ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference and twelfth in the NBA offensive. The Celtics defense allows the opposition 101.2 points per contest. The betting odds under the total are 4-0 Boston last four on one day’s rest. The Boston Celtics are 8-2 their last ten ATS, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total five. The betting odds under the total are 4-1 the last five meetings between the teams. Boston is 5-2 Against The Spread the last seven meetings between the teams. The acquisition of Thomas was one of the best moves management has made. First Round Drat Picks Marcus Smart has been improving; the former Oklahoma State Cowboys star was effective in game-two. The Boston Celtics fans will be fired up for the first home playoff game in a year, the Celtics have to push the basketball and make open shots. Bovada Lv has the Boston Celtics at 200/1 to win the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Title.