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Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers Game 3 Preview

Posted on by Donald Dunbar in Sports News

kevin love and lebron james cleveland 2018The Cleveland Cavaliers looked simply overwhelmed during the first two games of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics. Now LeBron James and company return to Cleveland hoping that playing in front of their home fans will ignite the team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers season, and perhaps the second LeBron James era in Cleveland are at a crossroads as the team heads into Game 3 against the Boston Celtics in the conference finals trailing 0-2.

A loss Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena would all but confirm the demise of the Cavaliers. Losing to a healthy Celtics team would be one thing but losing to a Celtics team without their two best players would be inexcusable. Cleveland needs to protect its turf to get back in this series.

The Cavaliers are 13-2 in their last 15 games at Quicken Loans Arena, including 5-1 during this postseason.

The big question is who will help LeBron and Kevin Love? James and Love have combined to account for 54% of the points, 52% of the rebounds and 46% of the Cavaliers shots during this series.

 

Betting Trends

The Celtics are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games
The Celtics are 7-1 straight up in their last eight games
The Celtics are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games on the road
The Celtics are 1-7 straight up in their last eight games on the road

The Cavaliers are 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games
The Cavaliers are 5-2 straight up in their last seven games
The Cavaliers are 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games at home
The Cavaliers are 5-0 straight up in their last five games at home

 

Odds of the Game:

The opening line favored the Cleveland Cavaliers to win at -6. The over/under betting line for total number of points scored is 203. The moneyline for this game is Cleveland Cavaliers: -275, Boston Celtics: +225.

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