The NBA Eastern conference playoffs continue with Game 2 on Friday May 19th as the Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics and Cavs get things going from Boston at 8:30PM Eastern Time and TNT TV has the coast to coast broadcast.
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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Cleveland Cavaliers favored by -5 ½ points with the over under odds set at 219 ½ points.
Cleveland is 1-0 in the East finals as they get past Boston in Game 1 on the road 117-104 covering the spread as a -4 point favorite. Those betting the over got the money with the game lined at 219 points. With the win the Cavaliers have moved to 9-0 in the playoffs. It was a total of ten days off before the start of the Eastern conference finals for Cleveland while the Celtics had just one day of rest after beating the Washington Wizards in seven games. The Cavaliers flexed their muscles on the Celtics by taking a 22 point lead at the half and leading by as many as 28 in the second half. Game 1 saw the Cleveland Cavaliers big men in Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson erupt for big games in the stat line. Love shot 9 of 16 as he scored 32 points and grabbed 12 boards. He went 6 of 9 from three. Tristan Thompson had 20 points and nine rebounds as he was a perfect 7 of 7 from the floor. Lebron James has had an outstanding playoff this year. He scored 38 points in the opener hit 14 of 24 shots. For the post season LeBron is averaging nearly 35 points a game and hitting 56% from the field. Surprisingly it isn’t his career high shooting percentage in the post season as he connected on 56.5% in the 2014 finals with Miami. Boston’s lack of size was evident when they struggled with the Chicago Bulls in the opening round. Now Boston must figure out a way how to defend LeBron with help and not leave open his supporting cast.