2018 Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Game 2 Predictions

The Boston Celtics crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first game of the series. Many people believe that the Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets series is the one to watch, but the Celtics sent notice that they are a very good team that deserves respect. Now as we head to the second game of the series in Boston we have to take an objective look at the game if we hope to make a pick. Here is the 2018 Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics game 2 predictions for the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Overreaction Odds

The Celtics opened up as a game one favorite. They started off as (-1) point favorites and that line shifted. With over 72 percent of the bets on the Cavs, they closed game one as (-2) point favorites. Before making 2018 Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics game 2 predictions a look at the odds is crucial. In game two the Celtics opened up as (-1) point favorites and the current point spread looks very similar. Instead of 72 percent of the bets on the Cavs, there is just 53 percent of bets on the Cavs. Does this signal a shift in the series?

2018 Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Game 2 Predictions

2018 Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Game 2 Predictions

Matchup Mayhem

The Celtics abused the Cavs down low and dominated the pain t in the first game The Celtics used 41 pick and rolls to cause mismatches which allowed them to score and score often in the paint. That opened up the perimeter and the Celtics took advantage from deep. It did not help that LeBron James and the Cavs were ice cold from the floor.

Trendy Pick

The Celtics are very good at home and we made that clear in game one. That basketball betting trend is even stronger now. The Celtics are 13-1 against the spread (ATS) at home when they are an underdog or favored by three points or less in the playoffs.  Despite the loss, LeBron James is still 11-7 ATS in the last 18 games in Boston during the playoffs.

2018 Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics game 2 predictions

Although the Celtics won big in game one, the point spread has yet to move which shows that these teams are still very close. LeBron and company will rebound, but don’t look for a win. The Cavs are just 13-27-1 ATS in the last 41 games following a straight up loss. This game will be much closer but with better coaching and the home court edge, the Celtics win again.

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