NBA Playoffs 5-23-19 – Free Picks

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We took a loss last night as the Spurs narrowly missed a covering the +12, but ending up falling 129-115 in a four-game sweep to the Warriors. Golden State moves onto the NBA Finals, where they will face the winner of tonight’s series, between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

The odds listed below are courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook (Full Review) and are accurate at the time of posting. However, be sure to line shop for the best price before placing your bet.

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Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers -15 Total: 218

nba playoffs free picksBoston rallied to win Game 3, which puts the series at 2-1 with Cleveland having the advantage. Tonight’s game will be played at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland before heading back to Boston on Thursday.

The Celtics managed to pull a massive upset last game after being blown out the building in the first two contests. They came back from 21 points down in the second half and did it all without starting point guard, Isiah Thomas, who is also their leading scorer.

Guard Marcus Smart played fantastic in Thomas’ stead. He scored 27 points on 8-14 shots and notched 5 boards and 7 assists. He also played excellent defense, which helped Boston get back in the game and ultimately grab a victory.

LeBron James had his worst game of the series, by a considerable margin. He played a long 45 minutes, but ended up with just 11 points on 4 of 13 from the field. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland in scoring, putting on 29 points.

Betting Action

Cleveland opened as a -15 favorite. Over 70 percent of wagers have come in on the Cavaliers since the odds opened. The line has not moved yet and still stands at -15 at most sportsbooks. The total opened at 216 and has moved to 218 at Bovada. Other betting sites, as of this writing, are at 217.5. Over 80 percent of wagers have come in on the over so far.

Prediction

Call me crazy, but I am going to go back to the well with Boston once again. The major concern here is that this game is in Cleveland. The Celtics have proven to be a much better home team, particularly in the postseason. Their bench scoring just has not been there on the road.

However, I still have faith in this team’s raw talent and Brad Stevens’ ability as a coach. Seriously, this guy adjusts as well as any other coach in the league. I would only put him behind Popovich. Thomas is out for the rest of the postseason, but due to Smart’s defense – he may be an upgrade.

Pick: Celtics +15

Joseph Falchetti

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