Gareth Freeman has has a points spread bet and a series score wager to get your teeth into.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics - Thursday 01:35
Cleveland Cavaliers are yet to lose a game in the postseason and they can continue that perfect record when they contest the Eastern Conference Finals with Boston Celtics.
The Cavs went 10-14 at the end of the regular season as they relinquished the top seed in the East to Boston. The champions looked a shadow of the side that won the Finals Series last season during that run but after sweeping both Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors with relative ease it’s clear they were saving themselves for the playoffs.
Boston have endured a tougher route through their own playoff campaign after going 2-0 down against the Chicago Bulls and being taken to seven games by Washington Wizards in a particularly gruelling series. The Celtics have played five games more than their opponents and Cleveland have had an extra nine days off ahead of Game 1 after cruising through, and that could be a key factor now we’ve reached the business end of the NBA season. Unsurprisingly, LeBron James has been crucial to Cleveland in the postseason.
The three-time champion averaged 26.4 points per game in the regular season but he’s at 34.4 after eight games in the playoffs – his highest since the 2008/09 postseason – and he’s up on rebounds, blocks, steals and three point percentage. The Celtics hopes hinge on whether or not they can cope with ‘King James’, and chances are they won’t be able to.
The Celtics have been strong at home since losing two in a row to Chicago but the Cavs arrive fresh and can seize the advantage in Game 1 at TD Garden. The standard spread is set at -4 for the visitors and that looks to be a mark they can pass, and Cleveland are also worth backing to sweep the series as they seek to defend their title.