2018 Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 1 Predictions

The Eastern Conference Finals gets underway on Mother’s Day as the Cleveland Cavaliers head to Boston to take on the Celtics. LeBron James and the Cavs have been here been here before and although the Celtics were a here a year ago, it is now a completely different team. The Celtics beat the Bucks and the 76ers. The Cavs beat the Pacers and crushed the Raptors.  When making the 2018 Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers game 1 predictions there is a lot to consider. This includes the odds, the money moves and the basketball betting trends.

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Follow the Money

The odds play a big role in making the 2018 Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers game 1 predictions as big money is at stake. The Cavs and LeBron are getting all of the bets for the first game of the series. Over 72 percent of the money is being bet on the Cavs to win the first game of the series. The Celtics actually opened up as (-1) point favorites, but that line shifted drastically and now the Celtics are (+2) point underdogs.

2018 Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 1 Predictions

2018 Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 1 Predictions

Guarding LeBron

The Celtics will have plenty of big bodies to throw at LeBron. Al Horford and Marcus Morris will be the primary defenders, but look for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens to throw different looks at LeBron to try and slow him down. No one can truly guard LeBron, but the Celtics have some big bodies who can absorb some fouls and make things tough for LeBron.

Trendy Pick

Before betting on the Celtics and the Cavs and making the proper 2018 Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers game 1 predictions it is essential that you look at the basketball betting trends. The Celtics have been an incredible underdog bet during the playoffs. They won three of four times as underdogs against the 76ers and they are 9-3 against the spread (ATS) in the last 12 playoff games. They are also perfect at home with a 7-0 straight up and ATS record. However it is important to note that they are 6-17 straight up in the last 23 meetings against the Cavs since LeBron came back to Cleveland.

2018 Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers game 1 predictions

So who wins? You can count on a close game. Both the Celtics and Cavs have played seven games that were within five points in the last five minutes. The most in the postseason. The Celtics will win game one and they will win it with defense. They have allowed 0.78 points prepossession on isolation plays which is tied for the lowest rate in the playoffs. They are also first in defensive rebounding percentage. This will be a close game. However, the Celtics will keep winning as an underdog as they take down the Cavs in game one.

Celtics +2